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Either way, it’s the words on the page/screen that count.

Here are a few of our favourite quotes from writers…

on writing

My belief is that art should not be comforting, for comfort, we have mass entertainment and one another. Art should provoke, disturb, arouse our emotions, expand our sympathies in directions we may not anticipate and may not even wish.—Joyce Carol Oates

… I always know the ending of stories. I aim to know where the people are, what they are saying, the literal words. I aim for that, always have that in mind. So the sentences of a work are a meditation on this ending I work them out in my head before I write. … I do a lot of running and walking, and of course I lie in bed in the early morning and am working on my writing, … trying different things in my head. By the time I get to actually write, I’ve worked it out pretty clearly, so I can eliminate all those first and second drafts. —Tobias Wolff

Begin with an individual and you find that you have created a type; begin with a type and you find that you have created — nothing. — F. Scott Fitzgerald

The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof shit detector.–Ernest Hemingway

I just sit at a typewriter and curse a bit.
— P.G. Wodehouse, when asked about his writing technique

 on editing

When I finished the first draft, it [Old School] was a much longer novel  than it is now. …There’s one thing I cut that I loved. It was a class one of the masters taught, but I didn’t finally think it had to be there. In a funny way, sometimes the more you tell, the more you take the mystery out of certain characters. It felt a little too much like the reader was getting an English class, if you know what I mean, and readers don’t like going to school when they read a novel. If it had been essential to the novel, I would have kept it, but it wasn’t. You know that old expression “Murder your darlings”—well, this was a darling I had to murder.—Tobias Wolff