Friday, August 03, 2007

Mark Twain on Writing

"Write without pay until somebody offers pay. If nobody offers within three years, the candidate may look upon this circumstance with the most implicit confidence as the sign that sawing wood is what he was intended for."

"Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words."

2 comments:

thestoryofhealing said...

If only...;-)

Michael A. Banks said...

Taht reminds me of the trick of memorization through omission. If you want to memorize a couple of paragraphs, you study them, try to repeat them without reading them.

After a bit of that, remove a word here or there (or have someone do it for you) and read the paragraphs back out loud, hopefully putting in the missing words because you are memorizing the lines. Repeat.
--Mike