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In this episode, Taylor shares her thoughts on some of the most quoted observations on the craft of writing by authors like Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, Gore Vidal, Lawrence Block and Harper Lee.

The author quotes we cover include:

“The only kind of writing is rewriting.”

—Ernest Hemingway

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
—Ernest Hemingway

Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players. … I have 10 or so, and that’s a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.”
— Gore Vidal

One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.
— Lawrence Block, WD

When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.”
— Stephen King, WD

I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”
— Harper Lee, WD

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