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.
Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.
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.
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.
There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
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.
Though not all reading children grow up to be writers, I take it that most creative writers must in their day have been reading children.
I have thought for many years that the audience any creative writer imagines has a great effect on what gets written.
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.
Scholars look for final truths they will never find. Creative writers concern themselves with possibilities that are always there to the receptive.
Might we not say that every child at play behaves like a creative writer, in that he creates a world of his own, or, rather, rearranges the things of his world in a new way which pleases him?
A creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies.
You know, I look to myself mainly as a creative writer all my life and a medical doctor.
The creative writer uses his life as well as being its victim; he can control, in his work, the self-presentation that in actuality is at the mercy of a thousand accidents.
What politicians want and what creative writers want will always be profoundly different, because I'm afraid all politicians, of whatever hue, want propaganda, and writers want the truth, and they're not compatible.
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