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The Novel of a Thousand Pages begins with a Single Word

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This is a community to encourage discipline and experimentation among writers hoping to improve their craft. Twice a week, an excerpt from a book on writing technique will be posted. Its accompanying excercises will serve as an "assignment" for members to turn in. There is no grading. Comments are welcome but not required.

Some thoughts on writing:

Being a writer means having homework for the rest of your life. - Lawrence Kasdan

I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork. - Peter De Vries

The difficulty is not to write, but to write what you mean. - R. L. Stevenson

A blank page is God's way of showing you how hard it is to be God. - Anonymous

Anyone who has a choice and doesn't choose not to write is a fool.... The work is hard, the perks are few, the pay is terrible, and the product, when it's finally finished, is pure joy. - Mary Lee Settle

Like stones, words are laborious and unforgiving, and the fitting of them together, like the fitting of stones, demands great patience and strength of purpose and particular skill. - Edmund Morrison

All writers are discontent. That's because they're aware of a potential and believe they're not reaching it. - William Saroyan

Anybody can become a writer, but the trick is to STAY a writer. - Harlan Ellison

The only certainty about writing and trying to be a writer is that it has to be done, not dreamed of or planned and never written, or talked about (the ego eventually falls apart like a soaked sponge), but simply written; it's a dreadful, awful fact that writing is like any other work. - Janet Frame

Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences. They are the ones who keep writing. - Bonnie Friedman

The mere habit of writing, of constantly keeping at it, of never giving up, ultimately teaches you how to write. - Gabriel Fielding

Against the disease of writing one must take special precautions, for it is a dangerous and a contagious disease. - Peter Abelard, in a letter to Heloise

There are few things, apparently, more helpful to a writer than having once been a weird little kid. - Katherine Paterson

I always try to write on the principle of the iceberg. There is seven-eighths of it underwater for every part that shows. - Ernest Hemingway

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