A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
Action, reaction, motivation, emotion, all have to come from the characters.
Writing a love scene requires the same elements from the writer as any other.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity.
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Life cannot defeat a writer who is in love with writing;
for life itself is a writer's love until death.
Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained.
For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at Typewriter and bleed.
The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.
The writer does the most good who gives his reader the most knowledge and takes from him the least time.
Your first duty as a writer is to write to please yourself.
And you have no duty towards anyone else.
The love of a dog for his master is notorious;
as an old writer quaintly says, A dog is the only thing on this earth that luvs you more than he luvs himself.
A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
When writing a novel a writer should create living people;
people not characters. A character is a caricature.
If you wish to be a writer, write.
The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.
You need a certain amount of nerve to be a writer.
A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
His style is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning.
As a writer he has mastered everything except language.
Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time
I'm a performer, comedian, entertainer, writer and director.
As a writer you ask yourself to dream while aware.
Those who prefer their English sloppy have only themselves to thank if the advertisement writer uses his mastery of vocabulary and syntax to mislead their weak minds.
The writer must be universal in sympathy and an outcast by nature; only then can he see clearly.
A writer is rarely so well inspired as when he talks about himself.
A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer.
A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.
The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.
I am a writer because writing is the thing I do best.
I'm a writer. Therefore. I am not sane.
The writer can choose what he writes about but he cannot choose what he is able to make live.
Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance.
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over.
Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.
All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer. It's an aphrodisiac.
Every writer creates his own precursors.
His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future.
For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.
It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.
The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.
In America, the race goes to the loud, the solemn, the hustler.
If you think you're a great writer, you must say that you are.
In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable.
Do you want to be an artist and a writer, or a wife and a lover? With kids, your focus changes. I don't want to go to PTA meetings.
The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.
The more books we read, the clearer it becomes that the true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and that no other task is of any consequence.
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 one book.
A writer is a person who has solutions for which there are no riddles.
A writer must refuse to allow himself to be transformed into an institution.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
Being a famous writer is a little like being a tall dwarf. You're on the edge of normality.
The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life --and one is as good as the other.
The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.
The writer studies literature, not the world.
He is careful of what he reads, for that is what he will write.
A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language.
I only sound intelligent when there's a good script writer around.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.