Advice for Writers from the Master Himself, Mark Twain



1. The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By 

that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is that you really want to say.

2. I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.

3. The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference

between lightning and a lightning bug.

4. To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused

light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as

a prize composition just by itself… Anybody can have ideas – the difficulty is to express

 them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one

glittering paragraph.

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