Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
The faster I write the better my output. If I'm going slow, I'm in trouble. It means I'm pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.
I can’t write five words but that I change seven.
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.
The first chapter sells the book; the last chapter sells the next book.
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.
Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospection.
To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.
If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die.
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.
Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.
The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing noise they make as they go by.
Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you're doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but that's the only way you can do anything really good.
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