There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
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 leeks and potatoes
The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
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.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
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 difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
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.
I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.
To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.
There is no great writing, only great rewriting.