It ain't whatcha write, it's the way atcha write it.
All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery.
I have never thought of myself as a good writer. Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But I'm one of the world's great rewriters.
Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on.
The first sentence cant be written until the final sentence is written.
If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.
If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
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.
There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.
The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.
If you do not have an alert and curious interest in character and dramatic situation, if you have no visual imagination and are unable to distinguish between honest emotional reactions and sentimental approaches to life, you will never write a competent short story.
The reader has certain rights. He bought your story. Think of this as an implicit contract. He's entitled to be entertained, instructed, amused; maybe all three. If he quits in the middle, or puts the book down feeling his time has been wasted, you're in violation.
When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.
Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.
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.
I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.
I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.
When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.
Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
There are no dull subjects. There are only dull writers.
Writing is turning one's worst moments into money.
All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary-it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
Those who write clearly have readers.
Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.
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