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You have to catch hell. You’ve got to take punishment…

God knows you’re in the most depressing and discouraging surroundings – but that’s what makes a writer.

Write a lot – but see a lot more. Keep your ears and eyes going and try all the time to get your conversations right.

Ernest Hemingway

I’m never going to be shy about anything, what I write about is what I know; it’s more about my version of the truth as I know it.

That’s part of my talent, really—putting the way people really speak into the things I write. My only obligation is to my characters. And they came from where I have been.

Quentin Tarantino

Wipe away the magic and myth of creating and all that remains is work: the work of becoming expert through study and practice, the work of finding solutions to problems and problems with those solutions, the work of trial and error, the work of thinking and perfecting, the work of creating.

Creating consumes. It is all day, every day. It knows neither weekends nor vacations. It is not when we feel like it. It is habit, compulsion, obsession, vocation. The common thread that links creators is how they spend their time. No matter what you read, no matter what they claim, nearly all creators spend nearly all their time on the work of creation.

There are few overnight successes and many up-all-night successes.

Write like Kennedy

via Kennedy’s speechwriter Ted Sorensen:

We were not conscious of following the elaborate techniques later ascribed to these speeches by literary analysts. Neither of us had any special training in composition, linguistics or semantics.

Our chief criterion was always audience comprehension and comfort, and this meant: (1) short speeches, short clauses and short words, wherever possible; (2) a series of points or propositions in numbered or logical sequence wherever appropriate; and (3) the construction of sentences, phrases and paragraphs in such a manner as to simplify, clarify and emphasize.

Amazing, how close that is to Steve Jobs’ presentation style.

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