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.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
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.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
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.
Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.
Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
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.
I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.
Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.
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.
After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.
When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.
I don't care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.
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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