By Jamie Freveletti
Here are some of my favorite lines from books on Writing:Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
My students assume that when well-respected writers sit down to write their books, they know pretty much what is going to happen because they've outlined most of the plot, and this is why their books turn out so beautifully and why their lives are so easy and joyful, their self-esteem so great, their childlike senses of trust and wonder so intact. Well I do not know anyone fitting this description at all. Everyone I know flails around kvetching and
growing despondent, on the way to finding a plot and structure that work. You are welcome to join the club.
...your first writing is as delicate as a seedling. Don't show it to some yahoo who wouldn't know an orchid from kudzu.Making a Literary Life, Carolyn See
If you use a colloquialism or a slang word or phrase, simply use it; do not draw attention to it by enclosing it in quotation marks. To do so is to put on airs, as though you were inviting the reader to join you in select society of those who know better.The Elements of Style, Strunk and White
Sometimes you just have to be stubborn. No matter how difficult the writing task, how slowly the words come, how altogether discouraging the act of writing seems to be, your stubborn streak keeps you going.The Daily Writer, Fred White
If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing
Just for fun, agree with criticism directed toward you (then watch it go away)Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and it's all small stuff, Richard Carlson, PH.D
And my own: enjoy every minute of it.