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If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.Elmore Leonard
I try to leave out the parts that people skipElmore Leonard
If you wish to be a writer, writeEpictetus
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
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave meErma Bombeck
It's none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.Ernest Hemingway
I rewrote the ending of 'Farewell to Arms' 39 times before I was satisfied.Ernest Hemingway
A writer should create living people; people, not characters.  A character is a caricature.
Ernest Hemingway
I write one page of masterpiece to ninety one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.Ernest Hemingway
All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that it all happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.Ernest Hemingway
When Hemingway was asked what was the most frightening thing he ever encountered, answered: "A blank sheet of paper."Ernest Hemingway
The first draft of anything is shit.
Ernest Hemingway
The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.
Ernest Hemingway
Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer´s 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
There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention.
Ernest Hemingway
I have tried simply to write the best I can; sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.Ernest Hemingway
The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day when you are writing a novel you will never be stuck. Ernest Hemingway
A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.Eugene Ionesco
If you stay true to your characters, the story will take care of itself.Eve Byron
Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at your own joke. F. Scott Fitzgerald
You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to sayF. Scott Fitzgerald
There was never a good biography of a good novelist. There couldn't be. He is too many people if he's any good.F. Scott Fitzgerald
On being asked about how he became a writer:

In the same way that a woman becomes a prostitute. First I did it to please myself, then I did it to please my friends, and finally I did it for money.

Ferenc Molnar
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
We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our wordsFlorence Scovel Shinn
In conversation you can use timing, a look, an inflection.  But on the page all you have is commas, dashes, the amount of syllables in a word.  When I write, I read everything out loud to get the right rhythm.Fran Lebowitz
Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his rootsFrank A. Clark
Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots. Frank A. Clark
I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters. Frank Lloyd Wright
It is my contention that a really great novel is made with a knife and not a pen. A novelist must have the intestinal fortitude to cut out even the most brilliant passage so long as it doesn't advance the story.Frank Yerby
Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.Frank Zappa
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger. Franklin P. Jones
A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.Franz Kafka
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
Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood.Friedrich Nietzsche
"It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what other men say in whole books--what other men do not say in whole books."
Friedrich Nietzsche
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero, but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.G K Chesterton
The mere habit of writing, of constantly keeping at it, of never giving up, ultimately teaches you how to write.Gabriel Fielding
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.Gaston Bachelard
The best way to become a successful writer is to read good writing, remember it, and then forget where you remember it from.Gene Fowler
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
The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.
George Bernard Shaw
You see things as they are and ask 'Why?'  I dream of things as they never were and ask, 'Why not?'George Bernard Shaw
Literature is like any other trade; you will never sell anything unless you go to the right shop.George Bernard Shaw
A writer should be a joyous optimist. Anything that implies rejection of life is wrong for a writer.George Gribbon
Review. Reread. Rewrite.George Mair
Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness.Georges Simenon
A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.Gian Vincenzo Gravina
These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.Gilbert Highet
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.Gloria Steinem
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