There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
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.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
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.
If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
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.
I try to leave out the parts readers skip.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.
A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.
Easy reading is damn hard writing.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.