I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.
Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
Books aren't written - they're rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.
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 essence of drama is that man cannot walk away from the consequences of his own deeds.
Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.
It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.
The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.
The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.
Easy reading is damn hard writing.
Writing is turning one's worst moments into money.
If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing noise they make as they go by.
Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything. We can't talk about science, because our knowledge of it is limited and unofficial, and usually our fiction is dreadful.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
The road to hell is paved with leeks and potatoes
Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.
Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
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