A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.
The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
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.
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
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.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
The road to hell is paved with leeks and potatoes
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Easy reading is damn hard writing.
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published.
No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.
I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.
When you catch an adjective, kill it.
It is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.