Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but that's the only way you can do anything really good.
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.
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.
When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, 'I am going to produce a work of art.' I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.
First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him.
Begin with an individual, and before you know it you find that you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find that you have created - nothing.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don't see any.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.
Read, read read. Read everything.
Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.
As to the adjective: when in doubt, strike it out.
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.
Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
Writers are always selling somebody out.
If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.
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