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"The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense."

- Tom Clancy


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“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” 
― Douglas Adams

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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” 
― Maya Angelou

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“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” 
― Ernest Hemingway

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“Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” 
― Mark Twain

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“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” 
― Saul Bellow

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“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” 
― Jack Kerouac

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“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” 
― Robert Frost

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“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” 
― E.L. Doctorow

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“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” 
― Philip Pullman

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"Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on." 
― Louis L'Amour

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"Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending." ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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"Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom, but they dare to go it alone." - John Updike
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"Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book." ~ Mickey Spillane
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"Inspiration doesn't lead to writing. Writing leads to inspiration." - Ellery Akers
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To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart. - Phyllis Theroux
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Words are only painted fire; books are the fire itself. - Mark Twain
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