Inspire Your Writing

Here’s some fantastic advice from one of our greatest authors

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William Faulkner (1897–1962) was the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of such classic novels as The Sound of the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and Light in August.

Here are seven of his wonderful quotes to inspire your writing!

1. There is no mechanical way to get the writing done, no shortcut. The young writer would be a fool to follow a theory. Teach yourself by your own mistakes; people learn only by error.

This is the sad and beautiful truth about writing. Sad because it’s true: you can’t just learn the mechanical way to get the writing done and then produce incredible work.

Inspire Your Writing

Here’s some wonderful wisdom from the Oscar-nominated writer and director

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Nora Ephron (1941–2012) was the celebrated writer/director of classic films like Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, she was the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of When Harry Met Sally, and she was the hilarious essay writer of I Feel Bad About My Neck and other amazing collections.

Here are six wonderful quotes she left us that will help you in your writing life!

1. Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. …

Inspire Your Writing

Here’s some wisdom from the Oscar-winning director

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Clint Eastwood (born in 1930) is one of the most acclaimed film actors and directors still working today. His many great films include Unforgiven, Mystic River, and Million Dollar Baby.

Here are four amazing quotes he has shared over the years that will inspire your storytelling!

1. I’ve never met a genius. A genius to me is someone who does well at something he hates. Anybody can do well at something he loves — it’s just a question of finding the subject.

It’s hard as a writer not to look around at other more successful writers and think there’s something wrong with you. …


Brian Rowe

Author / Teacher / MFA in Fiction. (brian_rowe@me.com)

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