Read, read, read

24Oct09

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“Read, read, read,” Faulkner said.  “Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it.  Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master.  Read!  You’ll absorb it.  Then write.  If it is good, you’ll find out.  If it’s not, throw it out the window.”

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3 Responses to “Read, read, read”

  1. 1 yearzerowriters

    Best advice you’ll ever get.

  2. Good on Faulkner: read, absorb, write, keep/throw out… But missing: edit, edit, edit! I’ve been reminded lately how critical (and rewarding) it is to lay work aside when it’s “done” and then come back later to re-read, revise and edit, edit, edit.

    Great post even though it’s more than a year old. And a clever, lighthearted image to boot! Thank you.


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