Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must, then write.
Say what you have to say in the fewest possible words.
And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you.
Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper.
Literature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none
Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down.
There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.
Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are economical in its use.
I think writer's block is simply the dread that you are going to write something horrible. But as a writer, I believe that if you sit down at the keys long enough, sooner or later something will come out.
One hasn't become a writer until one has distilled writing into a habit, and that habit has been forced into an obsession. Writing has to be an obsession. It has to be something as organic, physiological and psychological as speaking or sleeping or eating.
Literature is all, or mostly, about sex.
Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.
Those who write clearly have readers.
Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.
Writing comes more easily if you have something to say.
Writers are always selling somebody out.
Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.
Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.
I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.
If I waited for perfection... I would never write a word.
The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any.
I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die.
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