Margie Lawson

Changing your Writing World

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It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. Walt Disney

If you don't do it this year, you'll just be one year older when you do. Warren Miller

I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper. Steve Martin

Failure is not the only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others. Jules Renard

Reading this book is like waiting for the first shoe to drop. Ralph Novak

There’s a great power in words, if you don’t hitch too many of them together. Josh Billings

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out, but it ain’t going away. Elvis Presley

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. Albert Einstein

If you want to succeed, double your failure rate. Thomas Watson, founder of IBM

There are no dull subjects. There are only dull writers. H. L. Mencken

The first draft of anything is shit. Ernest Hemingway

We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are. Max Depree

The saddest thing in life is wasted talent. Robert Deniro, A Bronx Tale

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. Thomas Jefferson

Have no fear of perfection – you'll never reach it. Salvador Dali

Many writers profess great exactness in punctuation who never yet made a point. George Dennison Prentice

Easy reading is damn hard writing.  Nathaniel Hawthorne

As to the adjective, when in doubt, strike it out. Mark Twain

Asking a writer what he thinks about criticism is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs. John Osborne

To look at a thing is very different from seeing it. Oscar Wilde

A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit. Richard Bach

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. Jack London

In this age, which believes that there is a shortcut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest. Henry Miller

A metaphor is like a simile. Author Unknown

Rewriting ripens what you’ve written. Duane Alan Hahn

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is really a large matter—it’s the difference between a lightning bug and the lightning. Mark Twain

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write. Saul Bellow

It is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn. Robert Southey

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.  Unknown

A person who publishes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down. If it is a good book nothing can hurt him. If it is a bad book nothing can help him.  Edna St. Vincent Millay

Writers drive and plot.  And you thought cell phones were dangerous.  Unknown

I can't understand why a person will take a year to write a novel when he can easily buy one for a few dollars.  Fred Allen

Don't tell us that old lady screamed.  Bring her on and let her scream.  Samuel Clemens

Do something every day that scares you.  Eleanor Roosevelt




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