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Mar.22.2012
Don’t set the bar so low that any fool could just walk right over it.
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Mar.21.2012
Don’t set the bar so high that you’re setting yourself up to fail.
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Mar.20.2012
If you wanted to be a doctor, you wouldn’t apologize for going to medical school, so why apologize for taking time to write when writing – along with reading – is a writer’s education?
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Mar.19.2012
If you want to be a writer, there’s nothing selfish about taking time to write.
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Mar.18.2012
Cormac McCarthy can get away with using dialogue without quotes – it’s a style decision – but you need to know the rules before you can deliberately decide to break them.
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Mar.17.2012
Just because these days you can hit “Publish” literally the minute after you finish your first draft and write some cover copy and slap a book jacket on it, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good idea and that you should.
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Mar.16.2012
The #1 complaint against self-published books is that some of them are poorly edited, so unless you have stellar editing skills yourself, you’re going to have to rely on a friend who does have them; and if neither you nor any of your acquaintances possess this essential quality, you should spend...
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Mar.15.2012
It’s the first perfect day of an early spring, 68 degrees, sunny, no humidity, not a cloud in the shy – instead of being an obsessive-compulsive idiot, get out there and enjoy it; for once, you can start writing after sundown...and you’d better.  
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Mar.14.2012
Channeling Walt Frazier, the Knicks announcer who rhymes all the time as though channeling Dr. Seuss: When you run out of steam, switch stream, by which I mean that if you burn out on promoting your ebook, start writing a new book; if you get sluggish about your current work-in-progress, do...
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Mar.13.2012
Spend time watching movies so you can learn about story structure – more research!
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Mar.12.2012
When people ask why you spend so much time watching TV, answer with one simple word: Research.  
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Mar.11.2012
When you don’t win something, comfort yourself with the knowledge that few are ever even nominated and still fewer win – OK, so maybe that’s not much comfort.
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Mar.10.2012
When your cat laughs at your dreams of being published, ignore him, just as you should anyone who laughs at your writing dreams.  
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Mar.09.2012
Yours is not to reason why; yours is but to write until you die.
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Mar.08.2012
It’s been said before by far more eloquent people than me and yet it bears repeating: Grow a pair.  
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