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.
To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.
The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
Easy reading is damn hard writing.
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.
Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.
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.
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but that's the only way you can do anything really good.
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.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper.
Writing is the hardest work in the world not involving heavy lifting.
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.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.
You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you.
The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting.
It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.
Writing a novel is like heading out over the open sea in a small boat. It helps, if you have a plan and a course laid out.
Nature fits all her children with something to do, he who would write and can't write, can surely review.
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