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“A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?” George Orwell

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“Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.” E. L. Doctorow

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“A ratio of failures is built into the process of writing. The wastebasket has evolved for a reason.” Margaret Atwood

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“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” E.M. Forster

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“Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one’s luck.” Iris Murdoch

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“The best writing is not about the writer, the best writing is absolutely not about the writer, it’s about us, it’s about the reader.” Ben Okri

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“Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.” Truman Capote

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“Writing and cookery are just two different means of communication.” Maya Angelou

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“I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” Elmore Leonard

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“Put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.” Colette

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