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I am a drinker with writing problems. Brendan Behan
I always do the first line well, but I have trouble doing the others.Moliere
However great a man's natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once.Jean Jacques Rousseau
How vain it is to sit down to write
when you have not stood up to live
Henry David Thoreau
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger. Franklin P. Jones
He who does not expect a million readers should not write a line.Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to a dictionary.

On Ernest Hemingway.

Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?

On Faulkner.
William Faulkner & Ernest Hemingway
Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen become bouillon cubes.John le Carre
Half my life is an act of revisionJohn Irving
Great writing leads constantly into surprises, and the writer should be the first one surprised.Bernard Malamud
Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.Longfellow
Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader- not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.E.L. Doctorow
Good things, when short, are twice as good.Baltasar Gracian
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.Mark Twain
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good.William Faulkner
Genre conventions are the rhyme scheme of a storyteller's 'poem'. They do not inhibit creativity, they inspire it. The challenge is to keep convention but avoid cliché.
Robert McKee
Follow the path of your aroused thought, and you will soon meet this infernal inscription: There is nothing so beautiful as that which does not exist.Paul Valery
Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.Terry Pratchett
First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.Robert Cecil Day-Lewis
Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the yard and shot it.Truman Capote
Finish. The difference between being a writer and being a person of talent is the discipline it takes to apply the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair and finish. Don't talk about doing it. Do it. Finish.E.L. Konigsburg
Find out what your hero or heroine wants, and when he or she wakes up in the morning, just follow him or her all day.Ray Bradbury
Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style. Kurt Vonnegut
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart...William Wordsworth
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. William Wordsworth
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.Stephen King
Failure? I never encountered it. All I ever met were temporary setbacks.Dottie Walters
Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise the muscles seize upJane Yolen, Merlin
Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.Flannery O'Conner
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don't see any.Orson Scott Card
Every writer is a narcissist. This does not mean that he is vain; it only means that he is hopelessly self-absorbed.Leo Rosten
Every writer I know has trouble writing. Joseph Heller
Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.Virginia Woolf
Every life has a story.A&E Biography
Every book has an intrinsic impossibility, which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles.Anne Dillard
Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.Goethe
Essential characteristic of the really great novelist: a Christ-like, all-embracing compassion.Arnold Bennett
English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education — sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street.E.B. White
Eighty-five percent of what goes on in a novelist's head is none of his business.Stephen King
Easy reading is damned hard writing.Nathaniel Hawthorne
Drama is a gun that doesn't go off.Jonis Agee
Don’t say it was ‘delightful’; make us say ‘delightful’ when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers ‘Please will you do the job for me.’C. S. Lewis
Don't try to be different. Just be good. To be good is different enough.Arthur Freed
Don't say you were a bit confused and sort of tired and a little depressed and somewhat annoyed. Be tired. Be confused. Be depressed. Be annoyed. Don't hedge your prose with little timidities. Good writing is lean and confident.William Zinsser
Don't say the old lady screamed.
Bring her on and let her scream."
Mark Twain
Don't say the old lady screamed- bring her on and let her scream.Mark Twain
Don't mistake a good setup for a satisfying conclusion -- many beginning writers end their stories when the real story is just ready to begin.Stanley Schmidt
Don't hope more than you're willing to work.Rita Mae Brown
Don't get it right; just get it written.James Thurber
Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book, If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for.Alice Walker
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