“Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.” -Anne Dillard

“Remember the serials you read as a youth? When they left the hero suspended for a week by the spectral fingers of death clutching from the jagged rocks below? That’s the idea!” -Fred East

“A book is simply the container of an idea–like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters.” -Angela Carter

“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.” -Earnest Hemingway

“No matter how good you may think your verbiage is, cut it out if it doesn’t advance the plot and build up to the climax.” -Laurence D’orsay


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