Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.
Read, read read. Read everything.
Exercise the writing muscle every day.
If you have other things in your life-family, friends, good productive day work-these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
It is advantageous to an author that his book should be attacked as well as praised. Fame is a shuttlecock. If it be struck at one end of the room, it will soon fall to the ground. To keep it up, it must be struck at both ends.
The reader has certain rights. He bought your story. Think of this as an implicit contract. He's entitled to be entertained, instructed, amused; maybe all three. If he quits in the middle, or puts the book down feeling his time has been wasted, you're in violation.
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
There is probably no hell for authors in the next world - they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on.
And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
The first sentence cant be written until the final sentence is written.
The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.
There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.
If writing seems hard, it's because it is hard. It's one of the hardest things people do.
Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.
Fiction is about stuff that's screwed up.
Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader - not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.
If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
Writers are always selling somebody out.
Every writer I know has trouble writing.
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