You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
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.
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.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
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.
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.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
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.
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.
After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.
Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.
Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.
If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.
Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.
When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.
I don't care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.
I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.
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