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.
Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
Read, read read. Read everything.
Exercise the writing muscle every day.
If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.
A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading in order to write. A man will turn over half a library to make a book.
Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you.
And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.
I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.
Writing is the hardest work in the world not involving heavy lifting.
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 only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.
If you are a genius, you'll make your own rules, but if not - and the odds are against it - go to your desk no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper - write.
Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.
The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.
Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.
Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper.
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