Writing is such a 'pretend' profession. Nobody is counting on you at all. You can't 'pretend' to be a lawyer or a teacher. It takes a lot of grit to continue.
I am a strong believer in the tyranny, the dictatorship, the absolute authority of the writer
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.
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.
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen
Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot
Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.
Ira Gershwin, shame on him. I mean, some of the writing.
Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why
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