The last two months, I have highlighted the top 10 lines from two great books about writing (here & here). With so many wonderful writing books to read, I figure I will keep these top 10 lists coming.
This month’s top 10 comes from Snoopy’s Guide To The Writing Life, a roundup of 30 famous writers and entertainers responding in short essays to their favorite Snoopy “at the typewriter” strip.
Here are what I found to be the book’s top 10 lines:
Snoopy, try this when you sit down to the typewriter: Just say to yourself, ‘What if?’ It all begins with ‘What if?'” – Clive Cussler
The rules for writing a best-seller are simple: Take an idea you really, really like. Develop it until it is brilliant. Rewrite it for a year or two, until every word shines. The bite your nails, hold your breath, and pray like mad.” – Sidney Sheldon
Search your heart and soul for what you have to contribute. Remember, your book must help someone with something.” – Cherie Carter-Scott
If the characters and narrative are strong enough, they will hold our interest without any background.” – John Leggett
Humor, as Charles Schulz, proved every day, doesn’t have to be of the slapstick variety; his humor came from the small funny things of life.” – Frances Weaver
Most of us learn to write well by writing badly for a long, long time.” – Sue Grafton
You need not be famous to write something worth remembering, worth preserving, worth publishing.” – Charles Champlin
The most important advice I would suggest to beginning writers: Try to leave out the parts readers skip.” – Elmore Leonard
An editor can always correct your spelling and fix your grammar, but only you can tell your story.” – Fannie Flagg
Some know fame and others anonymity, but my father believed there were no shortcuts to be had in the life of the dedicated artist.” – Monte Schulz