Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but that's the only way you can do anything really good.
Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head.
I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.
The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.
Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.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.
Success comes to a writer as a rule, so gradually that it is always something of a shock to him to look back and realize the heights to which he has climbed.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.
Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.
Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.
No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader's intelligence or whose attitude is patronizing.
First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him.
It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
It is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything.
People on the outside think there's something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn't like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that's all there is to it.
The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.
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