You can find a lot of advice out there on writing. Many writers have come up with beautiful, funny, and quotable sentences about writing and what’s required to make it happen. Most of them have to do with discipline. “Don’t get up,” says Ron Carlson.” “I only write when I am inspired,” Faulkner apparently said, and added, “Fortunately, I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.” Most of them say that you need to take writing seriously, to treat it like a job.

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