There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.
The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.
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.
If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.
Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.
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.
All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary-it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
In writing a series of stories about the same characters, plan the whole series in advance in some detail, to avoid contradictions and inconsistencies.
The reason 99% of all stories written are not bought by editors is very simple. Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home.
Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.
Short stories can be rather stark and bare unless you put in the right details. Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.
The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
Anecdotes don't make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about.
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.
People on the outside think there's something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn't like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that's all there is to it.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.
To survive, you must tell stories.
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