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Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.Leo Buscaglia
Your manuscript is both good and original. But the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.Samuel Johnson
You will have to write and put away or burn a lot of material before you are comfortable in this medium.  You might as well start now and get the work done.  For I believe that eventually quantity will make for quality.Ray Bradbury
You see things as they are and ask 'Why?'  I dream of things as they never were and ask, 'Why not?'George Bernard Shaw
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.Saul Bellow
You must write for children the same way you write for adults, only better.Maxim Gorky
You must want to enough.  Enough to take all the rejections, enough to pay the price of disappointment and discouragement while you are learning.  Like any other artist, you are learning your craft- then you can add all the genius you like.Phyllis Whitney
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.Ray Bradbury
You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persistIsaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)
You learn by writing short stories. Keep writing short stories. The money's in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed.
Larry Niven
You know youve achieved perfection in design, not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away.Antoine de Saint-Exupery
You know how it is in the kid's book world: It's just bunny eat bunny.Anon
You just sit down and write every day for three or four hours. You do it like piano scales until you have a story to tell.Anne Lamott
You have to write whichever book it is that wants to be written. And then, if it's going to be too difficult for grown-ups, you write it for children.Madeleine L'Engle
You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.Madeleine L'Engle
You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.Ray Bradbury (1920 - ),
You have to be dogged to be a novelist. You can’t just do it when you want to.Paul Auster
You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to sayF. Scott Fitzgerald
You cannot write in the chimney with charcoal.Russian proverb
You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.Maya Angelou
You can't sit around and wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.Jack London
You are a bundle of mysteries. Finding and conquering yourself is a lifetime task. There are unplumbed depths in you full of the rich ore of personal discovery. Explore yourself! There is power in you - the power to change yourself and to change the world; the power to create plans, projects, movements for the common good; the power to inspire and serve.Wilferd Peterson
Yes there is a meaning; at least for me, there is one thing that matters - to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people.Logan Pearsall Smith
Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writerīs loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.Ernest Hemingway
Writing ought either to be the manufacture of stories for which there is a market demand -- a business as safe and commendable as making soap or breakfast foods -- or it should be an art, which is always a search for something for which there is no market demand, something new and untried, where the values are intrinsic and have nothing to do with standardized values.Willa Cather
Writing isnīt hard. It isnīt any harder than ditch-digging.
Patrick Dennis
Writing is turning one's worst moments into money.J. P. Donleavy
Writing is thinking on paper.William Zinsser
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.Gloria Steinem
Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.Jules Renard
Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.Olin Miller
Writing is so difficult that I feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.Jessamyn West
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
Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.Robert Heinlein
Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees.
Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain.
Elie Wiesel
Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness.Georges Simenon
Writing is not a genteel profession. It's quite nasty and tough and kind of dirty.Rosemary Mahoney
Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.Moliere
Writing is like hunting. There are brutally cold afternoons with nothing in sight, only the wind and your breaking heart. Then the moment when you bag something big. The entire process is beyond intoxicating.
Kate Braverman
Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at oneīs luck.Iris Murdoch
Writing is its own reward.Henry Miller
Writing is easy. All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.Gene Fowler
Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.Winston Churchill
Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.Jessamyn West
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophreniaE. L. Doctorow
Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those, who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear, which is inherent in a human condition.Graham Greene
Writing is a dog's life, but the only life worth living.Gustave Flaubert
Writing is a cop-out. An excuse to live perpetually in fantasy land, where you can create, direct and watch the products of your own head. Very selfish.Monica Dickens
Writing is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination.Louise Brooks
Writing every book is like a purge, at the end of it one is empty . . .like a dry shell on the beach waiting for the tide to come in again.Daphne Du Maurier
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