Quote of the day

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“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.

Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
William Faulkner

8 thoughts on “Quote of the day

    1. And a brilliant attitude to have if you want to write. Although it can be tedious, it’s also good to read books you don’t really enjoy or think are flawed- they can tell you how you don’t want to write. Tedious to stick with a book you’re not into, though. 🙂

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  1. I just read a short story by Faulkner: that quote is the most simplistic thing he’s ever said! And true. Now I need to go get a book…sadly, when I write, I tend not to read as much. When I read, I get so involved I don’t write as much

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    1. It’s a tricky balance- reading, writing and everything else.
      I always feel like I should be reading more than watching TV, but some TV dramas have such great plotting (something I think I’m very weak at) that I justify watching them by telling myself I’m probably learning to plot better by osmosis. Course, I get carried away by who’s guilty, who’s innocent, what’s been done and why and stop paying attention to the structure completely…

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    1. That’s a really interesting point- how much to write for an audience. I’ve read different advice (write for yourself/ for an imagined, ideal reader) and I just write what feels good to me. Could be why I’ve not had much publishing success though 🙂

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