Writing

If it had been your exact thought you would have used my exact words.

Sep 282018
 

Write briefly, and risk being misunderstood; or write at length, and assure it.

Sep 182018
 

The supreme accolade for a writer is to have his work attributed to Anonymous.

Aug 242018
 

Never write a bad review until the book has received too many good ones.

Jun 072018
 

The first rung on the ladder of literacy is pedantry, or as we now say, fact-checking.

Jun 052018
 

More and more authors have begun to stress the importance of being kind and generous in one’s writing. If this catches on I’m sunk.

Jun 042018
 

Writers are sometimes described as dissipating their books in talk, as though speaking your thoughts bars you from writing them down.

May 112018
 

Essay, n.   An aphorism that hasn’t quite coalesced.

May 072018
 

We are exhorted to show regard for future generations, in books that they will have to sort through and throw away.

Apr 302018
 

Grisham’s Law: Bad books drive out good.