How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.
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.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
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There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
Writing is no dying art form in America because most published writers here accept the wisdom and the necessity of encouraging the talent that follows in their footsteps.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
I write best when I am either, falling in love, or falling apart.
Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity.
Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.
Life cannot defeat a writer who is in love with writing;
for life itself is a writer's love until death.
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism, to steal ideas from many is research.
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
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.
You have the itch for writing born in you. It's quite incurable. What are you going to do with it?
The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.
It's like a novelist writing far out things.
If it makes a point and makes sense, then people like to read that. But if it's off in left field and goes over the edge, you lose it. The same with musical talent, I think.
I'm very shy really. I spend a lot of time in my room alone reading or writing or watching television.
The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness.
We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.
An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the school-masters of ever afterward.
A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.
Never write on a subject until you have read yourself full of it.
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and about all time.
The writer does the most good who gives his reader the most knowledge and takes from him the least time.
Writing a book is a very lonely business.
You are totally cut off from the rest of the world, submerged in your obsessions and memories.
You who write, choose a subject suited to your abilities and think long and hard on what your powers are equal to and what they are unable to perform.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at Typewriter and bleed.
To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself.
Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity.
Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
You can make anything by writing.
This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back in again.
Writing is thinking on paper.
Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you make the whole trip that way.
Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.
I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.
A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
Half of writing history is hiding the truth
The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.
My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine. Everybody drinks water.
To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man.
Or, think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do.
When I am dead, I hope it is said, 'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read'.
To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
What I like in a good author is not what he says but what he whispers.
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.
Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.