10 Quotes On Writing From Successful Women Writers, aka Tips, Inspiration, and Advice to Listen to If You Want to Be a Published Pro

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Writer Nora Ephron once said, “The hardest thing about writing is writing.” And she would know — she was one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood (Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally) and a novelist, playwright, and journalist.

It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or are already established. Writing can be one of the toughest things you’ll ever do. It’s also one of the most exhilarating and fulfilling... which is why you keep at it.

But sometimes you need a little help and inspiration. And what better than help from some of the world’s most successful women writers, women who, like you, know what it’s like to face the hell of a blank page (and a blank mind) but managed to get past it and get published.

Here are their personal writing tricks and tips, ones that got them going, published, and sometimes on the bestseller lists. These quotes on writing — from the new book Never Use a Long Word Where a Short One Will Do (and 299 Other Rules of Writing From Writers) — will give you a push to get started, a kick in the pants to stay motivated and will get your creative juices — and your words — flowing.

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