“If you tell the reader that Bull Beezley is a brutal-faced, loose-lipped bully with snake’s blood in his veins, the reader’s reaction may be, ‘Oh yeah!’ But if you show the reader Bull Beezley raking the bloodied flanks of his weary, sweat-encrusted pony, and flogging the tottering, red-eyed animal with a quirt, or have him booting in the protruding ribs of a starving mongrel, and boy, the reader believes.” -Fred East

“The best thing I think a writer can do–a young would-be writer–is to learn to do something besides write, to get some experience in the world, something as romantic, perhaps, as the Peace Corps, or as practical as being doctor, lawyer, or Indian chief. The American writer is an isolated man; he’s morally isolated from other Americans. He needs a sense of cause or responsibility to others. He’s caught in a life which, if he makes a living by his writing, means that he doesn’t run in rush-hour traffic, he had no responsibility to staff. While he is undoubtably doing something of importance, something socially useful, he had a sense of isolation. The result can become, as one novel follows the next, the hollow echo of words, not the resounding echo of life.” -Herbert Gold

“Genius gives birth, talent delivers.” -Jack Kerouac

“Long patience and application saturated with your heart’s blood–you will either write or you will not–and the only way to find out whether you will or not is to try.” -Jim Tully

“Loving your subject, you will write about it with the spontaneity and enthusiasm that will transmit itself to your reader. Loving your reader, you will respect him and want to please him. You will not write down to him. You will take infinite pains with your work. You will write well. And if you write well, you will get published.” -Lee Wyndham


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