The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospection.
And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.
Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
You learn by writing short stories. Keep writing short stories. The money's in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed.
The road to hell is paved with leeks and potatoes
The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.
If you can't annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
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.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.
Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.
Easy reading is damn hard writing.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
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