The reason one writes isn’t the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted.
Reading usually precedes writing and the impulse to write is almost always fired by reading. Reading, the love of reading, is what makes you dream of becoming a writer.
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.
I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten – happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.
If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.
The faster I write the better my output. If I’m going slow, I’m in trouble. It means I’m pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.
It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.
Ursula K. LeGuin
When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen.
A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.
I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
If you start with a bang, you won’t end with a whimper.
T. S. Eliot
The first chapter sells the book. The last chapter sells the next book.
Everething that doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. And later on you can use it in some story.
Writing is rewriting. A writer must learn to deepen characters, trim writing, intensify scenes. To fall in love with the first draft to the point where one cannot change it is to greatly enhance the prospects of never publishing. – Richard North Patterson