If I waited for perfection... I would never write a word.
Read, read read. Read everything.
I think writer's block is simply the dread that you are going to write something horrible. But as a writer, I believe that if you sit down at the keys long enough, sooner or later something will come out.
Literature is all, or mostly, about sex.
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
Writers are always selling somebody out.
The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.
Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
If you do not have an alert and curious interest in character and dramatic situation, if you have no visual imagination and are unable to distinguish between honest emotional reactions and sentimental approaches to life, you will never write a competent short story.
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must, then write.
Say what you have to say in the fewest possible words.
I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die.
Exercise the writing muscle every day.
Fiction is about stuff that's screwed up.
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.
A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.
Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.
Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.
Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.
Writing is the hardest work in the world. I have been a bricklayer and a truck driver, and I tell you – as if you haven't been told a million times already – that writing is harder. Lonelier. And nobler and more enriching.
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.
The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.
Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
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