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Why Writers Write: George Orwell on the Four Universal Motives for Creative Work
Why Writers Write: George Orwell on the Four Universal Motives for Creative Work

“All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery.”

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Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life: Ray Bradbury on Creative Purpose in the Face of Rejection
Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life: Ray Bradbury on Creative Purpose in the Face of Rejection

“The blizzard doesn’t last forever; it just seems so.”

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E. B. White on the Role and Responsibility of the Writer
E. B. White on the Role and Responsibility of the Writer

“Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life.”

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Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tenets of Storytelling
Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tenets of Storytelling

“Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.”

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Jack Kerouac’s List of 30 Beliefs and Techniques for Writing and Life
Jack Kerouac’s List of 30 Beliefs and Techniques for Writing and Life

“No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge.”

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6 Rules for a Great Story from Charles M. Schulz’s Son and Snoopy
6 Rules for a Great Story from Charles M. Schulz’s Son and Snoopy

“And remember: Always aim for the heart!”

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Henry Miller on Originality
Henry Miller on Originality

“And your way, is it really your way?”

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Magic Hours: Tom Bissell on the Secrets of Creators and Creation
Magic Hours: Tom Bissell on the Secrets of Creators and Creation

“To create anything… is to believe, if only momentarily, you are capable of magic.”

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Advice on Advice from Literary Greats
Advice on Advice from Literary Greats

Cultivating the wisdom to know when to ignore wisdom.

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Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck
Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck

On the value of unconscious association, or why the best advice is no advice.

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