Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.
Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.
Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
Those who write clearly have readers.
There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.
Only ambitious nonentities and hearty mediocrities exhibit their rough drafts. It's like passing around samples of sputum.
Writing is the hardest work in the world not involving heavy lifting.
If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
All the information you need can be given in dialogue.
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.
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.
Every writer I know has trouble writing.
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.
Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks.
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.
Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader - not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.
Write while the heat is in you.
Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.
The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any.
You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you.
Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down.
Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper.
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