A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.
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.
If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
The first sentence cant be written until the final sentence is written.
Writing is turning one's worst moments into money.
When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.
I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English - it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don't let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in.
It ain't whatcha write, it's the way atcha write it.
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.
Follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
All the information you need can be given in dialogue.
A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.
Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head.
Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time... The wait is simply too long.
The faster I write the better my output. If I'm going slow, I'm in trouble. It means I'm pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.
Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.
Nature fits all her children with something to do, he who would write and can't write, can surely review.
I can’t write five words but that I change seven.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
Success comes to a writer as a rule, so gradually that it is always something of a shock to him to look back and realize the heights to which he has climbed.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.
There are no dull subjects. There are only dull writers.
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