Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
I did what most writers do at their beginnings: emulated my elders, imitated my peers, thus turning away from any possibility of discovering truths beneath my skin and behind my eye.
By writing at the instant, the very heartbeat of life is caught.
Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark.
I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
Writing is a dog's life, but the only life worth living.
Writing a novel is not merely going on a shopping expedition across the border to an unreal land: it is hours and years spent in the factories, the streets, the cathedrals of the imagination.
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.
I get an urge, like a pregnant elephant, to go away and give birth to a book.
We do not need to proselytise either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study.
When I read something saying I've not done anything as good as 'Catch-22' I'm tempted to reply, 'Who has?'
A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.
I've tried to reduce profanity but I reduced so much profanity when writing the book that I'm afraid not much could come out. Perhaps we will have to consider it simply as a profane book and hope that the next book will be less profane or perhaps more sacred.
All I'm writing is just what I feel, that's all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland.
Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
Half my life is an act of revision.
Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.
Because I'm such a creative person, and I've always got my nose in a book, I suppose it was only a matter of time before non-fiction turned into fiction again. But I never consciously set out to become a writer and I never thought I'd be doing the things I'm doing today.
Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject.
Transforming a brand into a socially responsible leader doesn't happen overnight by simply writing new marketing and advertising strategies. It takes effort to identify a vision that your customers will find credible and aligned with their values.
No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
I have no taste for either poverty or honest labor, so writing is the only recourse left for me
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