Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.
The writer's genetic inheritance and her or his experiences shape the writer into a unique individual, and it is this uniqueness that is the writer's only stuff for sale.
Kids, fiction is the truth inside the lie, and the truth of this fiction is simple enough: the magic exists.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.
You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.
Having been unpopular in high school is not just cause for book publications.
The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.
The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.
It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.
The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.
Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard.
It is impossible to talk or to write without apparently throwing oneself helplessly open.
My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.
If you steal from one author it's plagiarism; if you steal from many it's research.
When I start writing songs and it turns into an overly belabored intellectual process, I just throw it out.
Every writer has his writing technique - what he can and can't do to describe something like war or history. I'm not good at writing about those things, but I try because I feel it is necessary to write that kind of thing.
I like myself better when I'm writing regularly.
The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.
Early on, if I was alone two three nights in a row, I'd start writing poems about suicide.
If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?
Good writing is like a windowpane.
You become a writer because you need to become a writer - nothing else.
When I write a song, I tap into the emotion and the feeling and then I use the emotion to write the words. It's the opposite when I act. I use the words and tap into the emotion.
A quiet impression could be a personal instruction from the Lord. It is personal and private. It comes from the Lord. Why is it important to keep sacred writings private? Because then He will give us more.
Satire is people as they are; romanticism, people as they would like to be; realism, people as they seem with their insides left out.
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