All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.
The road to hell is paved with leeks and potatoes
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything good.
My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very"; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.
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.
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
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.
Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor.
If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.
The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
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