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"The best advice I ever got about writing was from Stephen King's memoir, On Writing, in which he talks about the writer's need to be ‘willing' to shut the door on the world for a few hours a day. He suggests writing one thousand to two thousand words a day, without editing or planning ahead.
"Similarly, some of my students who've had trouble finishing a book or a story because they keep second-guessing every word they write, swear by the Web application Write or Die, which ‘encourages writing by punishing the tendency to avoid writing.' I'm told it's stressful, but I've seen great results in terms of productivity."
—Gina B. Nahai, author of Caspian Rain (MacAdam/Cage, 2007)