The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you.
And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
Say what you have to say in the fewest possible words.
Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must, then write.
Writers are always selling somebody out.
Write while the heat is in you.
Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.
Those who write clearly have readers.
Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.
Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.
The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.
Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
Writing a novel is like heading out over the open sea in a small boat. It helps, if you have a plan and a course laid out.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader
Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
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.
If you can't annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospection.
The road to hell is paved with leeks and potatoes
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 is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.
The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.
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