A word after a word after a word is power.
I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
The road to hell is paved with leeks and potatoes
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.
Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.
I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.
Follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
When I say work I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.
Let the world burn through you. Throw the prism light, white hot, on paper.
Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper.
When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.
We're past the age of heroes and hero kings. ... Most of our lives are basically mundane and dull, and it's up to the writer to find ways to make them interesting.
It ain't whatcha write, it's the way atcha write it.
I don't care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.
All readers come to fiction as willing accomplices to your lies. Such is the basic goodwill contract made the moment we pick up a work of fiction.
Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it - whole-heartedly - and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings.
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