Mark Twain’s Top 10 Writing Tips

Here, in remarks drawn from his letters, essays, novels, and speeches are 10 of Mark Twain’s most memorable observations on the writer’s craft.
— Read on

I found this to be interesting and humorous.

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Retired in 2013 after 5 years as an elementary school teacher and 40 years as a sales representative to begin anew as a school crossing guard. SMy essays/stories are a way to communicate through the telling of personal experiences. One reader said about my blog stories, "...these are like a cold sip during a marathon run, simple, real life events". Another offered about my blog, “it brings some sense of normalcy not easily found in the modern world.”

17 thoughts on “Mark Twain’s Top 10 Writing Tips”

    1. Thank you, Robbie. Slowly improving, she is (that sounds like pirate talk, the way I constructed that damn sentence). Thank you for caring. She had a real hand therapy session last week, instead of ZOOM. And it helped. Her X-ray was damn good, as well. (I like that suggestion of using ‘damn’)😊

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      1. I am very happy to hear that, Steve. I am hoping to go back to my physiotherapist this week too. Our lock down is lifting a bit and now physios and other medical support professions will be working. The real thing is better than on-line, for sure.

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      2. Our state of New York is in ‘lockdown’ except for some vital services. Apparently, medical care is now considered vital🤪. There will be a lot written about this virus someday, good and bad. Speaking of writing, I need to get better disciplined and write something…🤓. All my best to you and your family.


  1. I’ve heard the “damn” for “very” word substitution before. It’s one of my damn favorites! I also love #1—Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. That one is timeless.

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  2. Meant to tell you I found this interesting and humorous like you said.  You send the best blogs.  Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S® 6, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

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  3. Thanks Steve I enjoyed that tidbit and also found it amusing. Nice detour from current events. Glad to see you’re still writing! Hope you and yours are well-

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    1. Linda, thank you. I always enjoy Twain stuff. Yes, still writing but not enough. The words seem harder to come by, but that’s the challenge. We’re both fine but not venturing anywhere and letting others do our shopping. But, I must admit, it’s wearing thin. Best wishes to your household, as well.


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