- “A draft is full of sentences that are auditioning. – Dinty W. Moore
- “With an outline you’re not going to write about what you don’t know you know.” – Dinty W. Moore
- “Save your seedlings.” – Dinty W. Moore
- Try writing by hand, because “your fingers are connected to your arm, the veins to the heart.” – Dinty W. Moore
- Instead of saying that the reader has to do some work, think of it this way: “The reader likes to participate.” – Dinty W. Moore
- “First draft writing is like no other kind of writing – you have to go into the woods and keep going. Second draft writing – you have to see the forest for the trees.” – Kristin Kovacic
- “The title is the door to your essay – but a door works both ways.” – Kristin Kovacic
- “Wherever you have the wrong set of feelings, that’s a fruitful place for an essayist to be.” – Kristin Kovacic
- “The biggest thing an editor can do for you is get [you] out of your head” – Jason Bittle
- “Immersion is about waiting. It’s not about finding a story to fit inside your pre-constructed ideas, but letting a story unfold.” – Maggie Messitt
- “If you don’t have belief in your own gut, develop it.” –Adriana Ramierz
- “Burst upon the page.” – Lee Gutkind
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Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her work has appeared in the Modern Love column of The New York Times; The Millions; Brain, Child; Los Angeles Review of Books; The Georgia Review; Shenandoah; The Rumpus; Brevity; Fourth Genre; Creative Nonfiction and elsewhere. A fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, she was named a 2013 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow to attend a residency at The Millay Colony for the Arts. Currently she is a nonfiction editor at r.kv.r.y quarterly, Reviews Editor at Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and a regular reviewer for The A.V. Club.