I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.
Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.
The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews.
You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.
Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.
If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
Being a writer means taking the leap from listening to saying 'Listen to me'.
So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.
I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
The scariest moment is always just before you start.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
Let others determine your worth and you're already lost, because no one wants people worth more than themselves.
I write to be the characters that I am not.
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