Say what you have to say in the fewest possible words.
Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down.
Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.
Those who write clearly have readers.
If I waited for perfection... I would never write a word.
Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.
Success comes to a writer as a rule, so gradually that it is always something of a shock to him to look back and realize the heights to which he has climbed.
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.
Literature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none
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.
First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him.
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
There's no such thing as writer's block. That was invented by people in California who couldn't write.
Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
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.
Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.
It's better to write about things you feel than about things you know about.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
The waste basket is the writer's best friend.
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.
It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.
The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.
It is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.
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