The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.
If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
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.
A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
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.
Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.
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.
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.
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.
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
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 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.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.
In writing a series of stories about the same characters, plan the whole series in advance in some detail, to avoid contradictions and inconsistencies.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
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.
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