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.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.
Kids, fiction is the truth inside the lie, and the truth of this fiction is simple enough: the magic exists.
My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: when you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip.
Writing is a job, a talent, but it's also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.
The greatest rules of dramatic writing are conflict, conflict, conflict.
You only pass through this life once, you don't come back for an encore.
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.
A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.
I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
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.
When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.
The best style is the style you don't notice.
Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders.
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.
The trick is not becoming a writer. The trick is staying a writer.
To gain your own voice, forget about having it heard. Become a saint of your own province and your own consciousness.
The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.
It ain't whatcha write, it's the way atcha write it.
The most ordinary word, when put into place, suddenly acquires brilliance. That is the brilliance with which your images must shine.
With every song that I write, I compare it to the Beatles. The thing is, they only got there before me. If I'd been born at the same time as John Lennon, I'd have been up there.
Good writing will bring you to places you don't even expect sometimes.
Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.
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