It is perfectly okay to write garbage--as long as you edit brilliantly.
Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Books had instant replay long before televised sports.
The road to hell is paved with leeks and potatoes
I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.
Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.
The reason 99% of all stories written are not bought by editors is very simple. Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home.
So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.
What you read when you don't have to...
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading in order to write. A man will turn over half a library to make a book.
Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting.
A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
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