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Writer's quotes


At a loss for words? Here a few quotes to help you keep plugging away at your writing.

  • “Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.” –John Jakes
  • “Clarity. Clarity. Clarity. When you become hopelessly mired in a sentence, it is best to start fresh.” –Strunk & White
  • “Don’t say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.” –Mark Twain
  • “Books aren’t written. They are rewritten.” –Michael Crichton
  • “I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.” –James Michener
  • “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word to paper.” –E.B. White
  • “I do not choose the right word. I get rid of the wrong one.” –A.E. Houseman
  • “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” –Robert Frost

Ashley Schroeder is OWAA’s Publications Editor. Contact her at aschroeder@owaa.org.
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