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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
If you can't annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.
Kingsley Amis
Women do not always have to write about women, or gay men about gay men. Indeed, something good and new might happen if they did not.Kathryn Hughes
Thus, in a real sense, I am constantly writing autobiography, but I have to turn it into fiction in order to give it credibility.Katherine Paterson, The Spying Heart, 1989
As I look back on what I have written, I can see that the very persons who have taken away my time are those who have given me something to say.Katherine Paterson
If I didn't know the ending of a story, I wouldn't begin.  I always write my last line, my last paragraph, my last page first.Katherine Anne Porter
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
There is no great writing, only great rewriting.Justice Brandeis
Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.Jules Renard
Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.Jules de Gaultier
About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.Josh Billings (1818 - 1885)
There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together.Josh Billings
Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.Joseph Joubert
Every writer I know has trouble writing. Joseph Heller
I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. Jorge Luis Borges
A writer should have another lifetime to see if he's appreciated.Jorge Luis Borges
Drama is a gun that doesn't go off.Jonis Agee
The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.John Steinbeck
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.John Steinbeck
When I face the desolate impossibility of writing 500 pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually I write one page and then another. One day's work is all I can permit myself to contemplate. John Steinbeck
The profession of book-writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.John Steinbeck
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
When I start a book, I always think it's patently absurd that I can write one. No one, certainly not me, can write a book 500 pages long. But I know I can write 15 pages, and if I write 15 pages ever day, eventually I'll have 500 of them.John Saul
Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
Asking a writer what he thinks about criticism is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.
John Osborne
Literature, the most seductive, the most deceiving, the most dangerous of professions.
John Morley
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.John Lennon
Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen become bouillon cubes.John le Carre
There are days when the result is so bad that no fewer than five revisions are required. In contrast, when I'm greatly inspired, only four revisions are needed.John Kenneth Galbraith
The way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn't behave that way you would never do anything.John Irving (1942 - )
Half my life is an act of revisionJohn Irving
One has to be just a little crazy to write a great novel.John Gardner
The first thing an unpublished author should remember is that no one asked him to write in the first place. With this firmly in mind, he has no right to become discouraged just because other people are being published.John Farrar
My purpose is to entertain myself first and other people secondly.John D. MacDonald
The most original of authors are not so because they advance what is new, but more because they know how to say something, as if it had never been said before.Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
He who does not expect a million readers should not write a line.Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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 - )
As cows need milking and sweet peas need picking, so writers must continually exercise their mental muscles by a daily stint.Joan Aiken
Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it.Jesse Stuart
Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.Jessamyn West
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 so difficult that I feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.Jessamyn West
Pay no attention to what the critics say; there has never been set up a statue in honor of a critic.Jean Sibelius
Confronted by an absolutely infuriating review it is sometimes helpful for the victim to do a little personal research on the critic. Is there any truth to the rumor that he had no formal education beyond the age of eleven? In any event, is he able to construct a simple English sentence? Do his participles dangle? When moved to lyricism does he write 'I had a fun time'? Was he ever arrested for burglary? I don't know that you will prove anything this way, but it is perfectly harmless and quite soothing.Jean Kerr
However great a man's natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once.Jean Jacques Rousseau
It requires more than mere genius to be an author.Jean De La Bruyere
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
Love the writing, love the writing, love the writing... the rest will follow.Jane Yolen
"With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and a definite hardening of the paragraphs."James Thurber
Don't get it right; just get it written.James Thurber
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