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"Don't just plan to write - write. It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style." P.D. James
"Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable." Francis Bacon
"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." William Wordsmith
"Don't say you were a bit confused and sort of tired and a little depressed and somewhat annoyed. Be confused. Be annoyed. Don't hedge your prose with little timidities. Good writing is lean and confident." William Zinsser
"Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things." Ray Bradbury
"The nearest I have to a rule is a Post-it note on the wall in front of my desk saying 'Faire et se taire' (Flaubert), which I translate for myself as 'Shut up and get on with it'." Helen Simpson
"Keep writing. Keep doing it and doing it. Even in the moments when it's so hurtful to think about writing." Heather Armstrong
"You can fix anything but a blank page." Nora Roberts
"The first draft of anything is shit." Ernest Hemingway
"It takes a lot of bad writing to get to a little good writing." Truman Capote
Do you have any favourite snippets of writing advice? If so, please share them in the comments below.
As his name fits with today's letter I would also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Arlee Bird for creating such a fantastic challenge and helping to connect so many fellow bloggers.