Inspiration and Advice

~ These are little bits of writing advice or inspiring words that I’ve picked up along the way – those quotes that stuck with me enough that I have them pinned to a corkboard where I can see them every day. ~

If you see a quote that doesn’t have a name attached to it and you know who said or wrote it, please let me know =)

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Heinlein’s Rules of Writing

1. You must write.

2. You must finish what you write.

3. You must refrain from rewriting, except to editorial order.

4.  You must put the work on the market.

5. You must keep the work on the market until it is sold.

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“…never sacrifice the elements that make your novel exciting to you because you think those elements will hurt your sales…”

~ author Rachel Aaron ~

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“Don’t be paralyzed by uncertainty.”

~ author Randy Ingermanson

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Use strong nouns and verbs. If you’re tempted to use adjectives, ask whether a stronger noun will serve you better. If you feel the need for an adverb, ask whether a sharper verb is called for.

~ unknown source

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“Don’t look back, don’t revise, just move forward, forward, forward.”

~ author Sara Douglass regarding your first draft

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Three Act Structure rundown:

ACT I: Chase your hero up a tree.

ACT II: Throw rocks at him.

ACT III: Cut the tree down.

~ author Brandon Sanderson

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“Nothing kills wonder faster than dry explanation, and nothing kills a book faster than sloppy info dumping.”

~ author Rachel Aaron

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