for writers and readers….

The Last Thing to Do to Your Writing – Claire Kilroy QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Irish novelist Claire Kilroy on how to say goodbye to a piece of writing before sending it out to the world.

April 16, 2023 · 4 Comments

What Editing Does for Your Writing – Iain Maloney QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Most editing is removing scaffolding. You need scaffolding when you build a house, it’s there for support, for safety, for convenience, but the house isn’t finished until all the scaffolding … Continue reading

April 10, 2022 · 9 Comments

“…revision is where the work gets done…” Raven Leilani QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I don’t think I started writing anything good until I accepted that rejection is par for the course. It made me less precious. It made me realise that revision is … Continue reading

July 18, 2021 · 4 Comments

When I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split – Raymond Chandler QUOTES FOR WRITERS

WOULD you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like … Continue reading

May 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Valley of Failure is where Writers hang out…Julian Gough QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Hey, see the Mountain of Success, way over there? The only way to get to it is through the Valley of Failure. There is no other way. It’s a peculiarity … Continue reading

April 11, 2021 · 2 Comments

When to Start the Second Draft – John Niven QUOTES FOR WRITERS

You definitely need space between the first and second draft. I’d recommend a couple of months…Because if you start the second draft when you’ve immediately finished the first one, it’s … Continue reading

December 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

I’m a very ruthless critic of my own work…Bernardine Evaristo QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I have to be inside the work and also looking at it from the outside as much as you can when you’re creating it yourself. So I’m a very ruthless … Continue reading

December 6, 2020 · 2 Comments

Saturday Afternoon Writing Workshop with lunch (and early bookers get a free copy of my writing guide)

This is a first. I’ve taught in all kinds of places: art galleries and university lecture theatres, under a Mediterranean sun and in cold church halls, but never before in … Continue reading

June 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

I’ve just discovered an excellent guide to writing dialogue and I can’t keep it to myself…

I come across many how-to write articles online and you probably do as well. Some are rule-bound and dogmatic and are usually written by bloggers who don’t have any publishing … Continue reading

October 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

“…you can almost always make something better by making it shorter…” Keith Gessen QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I once heard George Saunders tell a story about being edited at the New Yorker, where his editor kept asking him to cut a highly precise number of lines—18 lines, … Continue reading

September 9, 2018 · 2 Comments

H.G.Wells on the strongest passion of all QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

No Passion in the World Is Equal to the Passion to Alter Someone Else’s Draft H.G. Wells

March 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

8 Tips for Editing a Manuscript

Originally posted on Black Lilac Kitty Book Reviews:
A writer/author should make the manuscript the best it can be before sending it to the publisher.  This goes for both traditional…

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Burn down the house – Ray Bradbury Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

This afternoon, burn down the house. Tomorrow, pour critical water upon the simmering coals. Time enough to think and cut and rewrite tomorrow. But today-explode-fly-apart-disintegrate! The other six or seven … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · 5 Comments

A bitter lesson for writers – Thomas Wolfe Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

What I had to face, the very bitter lesson that everyone who wants to write has got to learn, was that a thing may in itself be the finest piece … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · 2 Comments