I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
I try to leave out the parts readers skip.
The worst thing you can do is nothing.
The faster I write the better my output. If I'm going slow, I'm in trouble. It means I'm pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.
Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are economical in its use.
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything good.
This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It's that easy, and that hard.
Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.
It is perfectly okay to write garbage--as long as you edit brilliantly.
Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.
First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him.
To gain your own voice you have to forget about having it heard.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Being a writer means taking the leap from listening to saying 'Listen to me'.
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.
I write to be the characters that I am not.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.
It ain't whatcha write, it's the way atcha write it.
If you can't annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.
Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don't see any.
You learn by writing short stories. Keep writing short stories. The money's in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed.
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