Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
You learn by writing short stories. Keep writing short stories. The money's in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.
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.
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
Easy reading is damn hard writing.
Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
Writing is turning one's worst moments into money.
Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.
Read, read read. Read everything.
Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospection.
If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.
Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very"; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
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