A word after a word after a word is power.
I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.
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.
Follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.
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.
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.
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he's staring out of the window.
The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.
Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on.
The desire to write grows with writing.
Write while the heat is in you.
Don’t look back until you’ve written an entire draft...
Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper.
Just write every day of your life. Read intensely.
Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down.
Keep a small can of WD-40 on your desk-away from any open flames-to remind yourself that if you don't write daily, you will get rusty.
Writing and rewriting are a constant search for what it is one is saying.
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