There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
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.
The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.
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.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.
The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
The road to hell is paved with leeks and potatoes
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
There's no such thing as writer's block. That was invented by people in California who couldn't write.
When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, 'I am going to produce a work of art.' I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.
My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.
I can’t write five words but that I change seven.
First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him.
Begin with an individual, and before you know it you find that you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find that you have created - nothing.
All the information you need can be given in dialogue.
You have to write the book that wants to be written.
Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself.
Read, read read. Read everything.
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