Q is for Quote
from W.O.W. Writers on Writing, by Jon Winokur
"Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves."
"Read, read, read. Read everything--trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window."
Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or re-write until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on.
As to the adjective: when in doubt, strike it out.
All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Writing is the hardest work in the world not involving heavy lifting.
I love writing. I love the swirl and the swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.
I have tried simply to write the best I can; sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.
If I didn't know the ending of the story, I wouldn't begin. I always write my last line, my last paragraph, my last page first.
Katherine Anne Porter
Nice writing isn't enough. It isn't enough to have smooth and pretty language. You have to surprise the reader frequently, you can't be nice all the time. Provoke the reader. Astonish the reader. Writing that has no surprises is as bland as oatmeal. Surprise the reader with the unexpected verb or adjective. Use one startling adjective per page.
Any advice from the writers in the A-Z Challenge?