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.
It is with words as with sunbeams-the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, familiar things new.
I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.
Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything.
The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.
People on the outside think there's something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn't like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that's all there is to it.
Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.
The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.
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.
No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader's intelligence or whose attitude is patronizing.
Fiction is about stuff that's screwed up.
Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.
Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.
Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.
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.
Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.
Writing is the hardest work in the world. I have been a bricklayer and a truck driver, and I tell you – as if you haven't been told a million times already – that writing is harder. Lonelier. And nobler and more enriching.
Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.
Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.
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