• The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.

    Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river

  • You don’t start out writing good stuff

    You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.

  • You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.

    Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.

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