There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing noise they make as they go by.
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
I try to leave out the parts readers skip.
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
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.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
The worst thing you can do is nothing.
The faster I write the better my output. If I'm going slow, I'm in trouble. It means I'm pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but that's the only way you can do anything really good.
This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It's that easy, and that hard.
Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.
It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.
Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
If you have other things in your life-family, friends, good productive day work-these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.
It ain't whatcha write, it's the way atcha write it.
If you can't annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.
Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.
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