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.
A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.
You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.
My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, familiar things new.
Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself...It's a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.
To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.
There's no such thing as writer's block. That was invented by people in California who couldn't write.
Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are economical in its use.
All the information you need can be given in dialogue.
It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything good.
Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself.
I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.
Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
Writers are always selling somebody out.
Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
You have to write the book that wants to be written,
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.
The road to hell is paved with leeks and potatoes
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
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