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I believe 'writer's block' is the normal state of writing; that is, you rarely have anything just flow easily from your brain to the keyboard. And if it does, it's usually pretty bad. Good writing is almost always hard, and what I think sometimes happens is that writers forget how hard it is, or don't want to do the work any more, and they call this 'writer's block'.Dave Barry
I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.Truman Capote
I believe that good questions are more important than answers, and the best children's books ask questions, and make the readers ask questions. And every new question is going to disturb someone's universeMadeleine L'Engle
I believe that nothing completely satisfies an imaginative writer but copious and continuous draughts of unmitigated praise, always provided it is accompanied by a large and increasing sale of his works.Frederick Locker-Lampson
I consider terror the finest emotion, so I will try to terrify the reader. If I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify; and if I find that I cannot horrify, Ill go for the gross-out. I'm not proud.Stephen King
I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel?Irwin Shaw
I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, 'To hell with you.'Saul Bellow
I don't wait for moods.
You accomplish nothing if you do that.
Your mind must know it has got to get down to earth."
Pearl Buck
I dunno, when I started writing really I was like, filling out applications and stuff real early. Last name first, first name last, sex occasionally, stuff like that. Then I was writing letters, filling out forms, writing on bathroom walls... Tom Waits
I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.Groucho Marx
I get a fine warm feeling when I'm doing well, but that pleasure is pretty much negated by the pain of getting started each day. Let's face it, writing is hell.William Styron
I have always believed that writing advertisements is the second most profitable form of writing. The first, of course, is ransom notes...Philip Dusenberry
I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. Jorge Luis Borges
I have MORE to say than Hemingway, and God knows, I say it better than Faulkner.Carson McCullers
I have never thought of myself as a good writer. Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But I'm one of the world's greatest rewriters.James A. Michener
I have rewritten- often several times- every word I have ever written. My pencils outlast their erasures. Vladimir Nabokov
I have tried simply to write the best I can; sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.Ernest Hemingway
I have written a great many stories and I still don't know how to go about it except to write it and take my chances..John Steinbeck
I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I write and I understand.Chinese proverb
I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour. I dripped it carelessly, Ah! I didn't know, I held opportunityHazel Lee
I just sit at a typewriter and curse a bit.

...after being asked about his writing technique
P. G. Wodehouse
I keep six honest serving men. (They taught me all I know);
Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who
Rudyard Kipling
I like to write when I feel spiteful; it's like having a good sneeze.D. H. Lawrence
I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.Peter De Vries
I never know what I think about something until I read what Ive written on it.William Faulkner
I never want to see anyone, and I never want to go anywhere or do anything. I just want to write.P. G. Wodehouse
I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English - it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don't let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them - then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are wide apart. An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice.

Mark Twain
I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.Henry David Thoreau
I rewrote the ending of 'Farewell to Arms' 39 times before I was satisfied.Ernest Hemingway
I see the notion of talent as quite irrelevant. I see instead perseverance, application, industry, assiduity, will, will, will, desire, desire, desire.Gordon Lish
I suggest that the only books that influence us are those
for which we are ready, and which have gone a little
further down our particular path than we have gone ourselves.
E. M. Forster
I think a little menace is fine to have in a story. For one thing, it's good for the circulation.Raymond Carver
I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.
Steve Martin
I try to leave out the parts that people skipElmore Leonard
I turn sentences around. That's my life. I write a sentence and then I turn it around. Then I look at it and I turn it around again. Then I have lunch. Then I come back in and write another sentence. Then I have tea and turn the new sentence around. Then I read the two sentences over and turn them both around. Then I lie down on my sofa and think. Then I get up and throw them out and start from the beginning.Philip Roth
I was once being interviewed by Barbara Walters in three segments, all at once, though they were to be run on three separate days. In between two of the segments, she asked me how many books I had written, and I told her. She said, "Don't you ever want to do anything but write?"
"No," I said.
"Don't you want to go hunting? Fishing? Dancing? Hiking?"
And I said, "No! No! No! and No!"
She said, "But what would you do if the doctor gave you only six months to live?"
I said, "Type faster."
Isaac Asimov
I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.Oscar Wilde
I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged. ... I had poems which were re-written so many times I suspect it was just a way of avoiding sending them out.Erica Jong
I would never write about anyone who is not at the end of his rope. Stanley Elkin
I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark burn out in a brilliant blaze than it be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.Jack London
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 fearJoan Didion (1934 - )
I write for the same reason I breathe- because if I didn't, I would die.Isaac Asimov
I write one page of masterpiece to ninety one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.Ernest Hemingway
I write to discover what I think. After all, the bars aren't open that early.

On why he writes at home from 6:30 to 8:30 AM
Daniel J Boorstin, Librarian of Congress
I write when I'm inspired, and see to it that I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning.Peter De Vries
I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters.Solomon Short
I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters. Frank Lloyd Wright
I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers doneSteven Wright
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.John Steinbeck
If a book comes from the heart, it will continue to reach other hearts." Thomas Carlyle
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