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.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer.
Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.
The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
I don't know much about creative writing programs. But they're not telling the truth if they don't teach, one, that writing is hard work and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.
There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
A creative writer must study carefully the works of his rivals, including the Almighty. He must possess the inborn capacity not only of recombining but of re-creating the given world. In order to do this adequately, avoiding duplication of labor, the artist should know the given world.
Thinking of Poe, thinking of Mark Twain and Vachel Lindsay, thinking of Jack London and Tom Wolfe, one begins to feel there is almost no way of becoming a creative writer in America without being a loser.
The creative writer is usually captive to his next book.
A strong experience in the present awakens in the creative writer a memory of an earlier experience (usually belonging to his childhood) from which there now proceeds a wish which finds its fulfilment in the creative work.
A creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies.
The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.
The road to hell is paved with leeks and potatoes
You have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.
One must be an inventor to read well.
I have thought for many years that the audience any creative writer imagines has a great effect on what gets written.
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