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 Random quote of the day:

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between lightning-bug and lightning.”

—Mark Twain, “The Art of Authorship”

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Random quote of the day:

“It is a fascinating task to disentangle, in a young writer, the influences of the established one. How hard we work before we help ourselves, quite simply, to our own originality!”

—Jules Renard, Journal, October 1887 (ed. & tr. Bogan & Roget)

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Random quote of the day:

“Fiction is truth. You turn to fiction when you can’t express reality with footnotes and evidence and reportage.”

—Arundhati Roy, “The Air We Breathe,” The Nation, July 12, 2017

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Random quote of the day:

“The first thing for a writer to learn is the art of transposing what he feels into what he wants to make others feel. The first few times he succeeds by chance. But then talent must take the place of chance. Hence there is an element of chance at the root of genius.”

—Albert Camus, Notebooks 1942-1952 (tr. Justin O’Brien)

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Random quote of the day:

“By writing I can live in ways that I could not survive.”

—Louise Erdrich, The Paris Review, Issue 195, Winter 2010

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Random quote of the day:

“Never be sincere—sincerity is the death of writing.”

—Gordon Lish, quoted in Conversations on Writing Fiction by Alexander Neubauer

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Random quote of the day:

“Writing is terrible. Because it is terrible, it is appropriate to complain about it. It is enjoyable to complain about it. Complaining about writing is writing adjacent and therefore entirely professional. It eats up time in which you might otherwise be expected to do more writing.”

—Kelly Link, “Kelly Link’s Advice to Debut Authors: Writing is Terrible, Complaining About it is Fine,” 2019 speech One Story Debutante Ball

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Random quote of the day:

“The greatest poet in the English language found his poetry where poetry is found: in the lives of the people. He could have done this only through love — by knowing, which is not the same thing as understanding, that whatever was happening to anyone was happening to him. It is said that his time was easier than ours, but I doubt it — no time can be easy if one is living through it. I think it is simply that he walked his streets and saw them, and tried not to lie about what he saw…”

—James Baldwin, “Why I Stopped Hating Shakespeare”

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Random quote of the day:

“Writing for a hostile world discouraged me. Writing for the diary gave me the illusion of a warm ambiance I needed to flower in.”

—Anaïs Nin

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Random quote of the day:

“The true artist will write in, as it were, small leaps, on a hundred subjects that surge unawares into his mind. In this way, nothing is forced. Everything has an unwilled, natural charm. One does not provoke: one waits.”

—Jules Renard, Journal, September 1887 (ed. & tr. Louise Bogan and Elizabeth Roget)

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