Easy reading is damn hard writing.
What a writer has to do is write what hasn't been written before or beat dead men at what they have done.
The written word is redundant on the high seas. Why? Because paper gets wet too easily.
You just have to keep getting out of your own way so that whatever it is that wants to be written can use you to write it.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.
Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
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.
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.
The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
The road to hell is paved with leeks and potatoes
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.
The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading in order to write. A man will turn over half a library to make a book.
The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, familiar things new.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.
To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement.
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