Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
Writers are always selling somebody out.
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader - not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.
Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything good.
Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.
There's no such thing as writer's block. That was invented by people in California who couldn't write.
Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are economical in its use.
Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.
There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.
The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
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.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
If you are a genius, you'll make your own rules, but if not - and the odds are against it - go to your desk no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper - write.
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.
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.
If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
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