I just sit at a typewriter and curse a bit.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
If writing seems hard, it's because it is hard. It's one of the hardest things people do.
A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.
But words are things, and a small drop of ink, Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
Kids, fiction is the truth inside the lie, and the truth of this fiction is simple enough: the magic exists.
Writing is a struggle against silence.
Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer.
Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.
A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.
There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.
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.
Work every day. No matter what has happened the day or night before, get up and bite on the nail.
Reading usually precedes writing. And the impulse to write is almost always fired by reading. Reading, the love of reading, is what makes you dream of becoming a writer.
It's better to write about things you feel than about things you know about.
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.
No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived, but most of them wish they were the only one alive, and quite a number fondly believe their wish has been granted.
Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head.
Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great and original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished.
I will never write a sequel to anything that I will ever write.
Unless one is a genius, it is best to aim at being intelligible.
I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
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