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The Only Writing Advice That Matters

The only piece of writing advice that really matters is to keep going. Getting caught up in the idea that every book you write has to be published is the surest way to make sure you don’t keep going. ~

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Trap Your Writing Muse

The act of writing, of telling the tale, is also the act of laying traps. And it is in these traps that we capture our muses. In other words, we capture them, they don’t capture us. ~ Chuck Wendig

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Indistinguishable Magic

Any story that is told with proper artistry and depth should be indistinguishable from magic. ~ David Farland

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Publishing is Not the Prize

Come to peace with your journey and realize getting published is not the prize. The journey (and who you’re becoming on the journey) is the prize. ~ James L. Rubart

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On Writing: Don’t Hoard What Seems Good

One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a better place in the book, or for

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Writing is…Magic

Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. ~ Stephen King

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A Writer’s True Compensation

A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it. ~ Roald Dahl

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Every Book Demands its Own Thing

You’re the kind of writer that you are. You have a process. Maybe that process is slowly and painstakingly crafting a novel over many years—a dedication like that of a watchmaker’s artifice. Or maybe instead you prefer to write like

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Address the Weakest Parts of Your Writing

Our strongest defenses are built around our greatest weaknesses. As a writer, you will only get better by addressing the weakest parts of your writing. We all tend to want to focus on our strengths, but a book is only

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Surrendering to the Magic

I’ve found that the magic of storytelling is in surrendering, not to anyone else’s notions, but to the words in my head. I believe this: my subconscious knows better than I how to tell a story… Sometimes the best writing

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All who wander are not lost.~ JRR Tolkien

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