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About Writing: Mark Twain said it best

Samual Clemens aka Mark TwainI’m putting together an outline for my NaNoWriMo novel and decided that Twain would make an appearance in the story. So, I did some research on Twain, his writing, and quotes. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own.
  • Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
  • The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
  • The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
  • The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
  • Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself.
  • You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Categories: NaNoWriMo
  1. October 2, 2009 at 2:56 am

    I love the last one, a quote which I’ve never seen before. He’s right. You can’t depend on your eyes if your imagination isn’t working right.

    • April Hayman
      October 2, 2009 at 3:07 am

      : ) I love his work, it’s very profound with a wry sense of humour. My favorite is “the difference between lightning and lightning bug”. The right word makes a huge impact on how the reader perceives the paragraph and what the author meant.

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