Writing advice

Via a link from File 770, we have from Chrostopher Shultz at LitReactor, 22 of the Best Single Sentences on Writing

I disregard all writing advice on principal, more or less, which is to say I think all writing advice is wrong. Or it can be right, under very limited circumstances, for exactly the right person, which is the same thing as being mostly wrong.

On the other hand, I sometimes enjoy reading writing advice anyway. And 22 pithy sentences from 22 different authors is a particularly fun presentation.

I like a lot of these. When I’m working to a deadline, I appreciate Henry Miller’s advice: Work according to the program and not according to mood.

The truest statement, not really advice, comes from Joe Hill: Just about everything I learned about writing a good book I learned from reading lots and lots of good books.

My favorite is from GK Chesterton: I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.


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