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.
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.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
Writing is the hardest work in the world not involving heavy lifting.
Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper.
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.
There's no such thing as writer's block. That was invented by people in California who couldn't write.
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.
Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
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.
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him.
The waste basket is the writer's best friend.
I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.
When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, 'I am going to produce a work of art.' I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.
It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.
Literature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none
It is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
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