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June 20, 2012

Say What?

by Neeks

I went looking for some writing tips, some inspiration, some real words from “the greats” this morning.  As with anything you look up on the web there were a gazillion things to click on.  There were many repeated quotes; write what you know, every sentence should advance the story, be a sadist and kill your darlings, don’t correct or rewrite until you are done with the entire piece.  Wonderful advice to be sure, always timely and valuable.

There has to be more than that, what else do they say?  John Steinbeck and Kurt Vonnegut and Mark Twain.  Even Benjamin Franklin had something to say on the subject.  Some may recognize the old quote (or some variation of it) “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write something worth reading or do things worth the writing,” by Benjamin Franklin, but he also coined this one:  “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”  Both are good but the second says a lot more to me as an author.

Here’s some of what I found, of course there isn’t room to list all of their wise words!

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