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Literature is like any other trade; you will never sell anything unless you go to the right shop.George Bernard Shaw
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice.Cyril Connolly
Literature, the most seductive, the most deceiving, the most dangerous of professions.
John Morley
Little Red Riding Hood was my first love.  I felt that if I could have married Little Red Riding Hood I should have known perfect bliss.Charles Dickens
Love the writing, love the writing, love the writing... the rest will follow.Jane Yolen
Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure. Oliver Herford (1863-1935)
Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them.Charles Caleb Colton (1780 - 1832),
Mediocre writers borrow; great writers steal.T.S. Eliot
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Most bad books get that way because their authors are engaged in trying to justify themselves. If a vain author is an alcoholic, then the most sympathetically portrayed character in his book will be an alcoholic. This sort of thing is very boring for outsiders.
Stephen Vizinczey
My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) Everybody drinks water.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.Michel de Montaigne
My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.William Faulkner
My purpose is to entertain myself first and other people secondly.John D. MacDonald
Nature fits all her children with something to do;
He who would write and can't write, can surely review.
James Russell Lowell
Neither man nor God is going to tell me what to write.
James T. Farrell
Never be so brief as to become obscure.Tryon Edwards
Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.Joseph Joubert
No one ever committed suicide while reading a book, but many have tried while trying to write one.Robert Byrne
No one put a gun to your head and ordered you to become a writer. One writes out of his own choice and must be prepared to take the rough spots along the road with a certain equanimity, though allowed some grinding of the teeth.
Stanley Ellin
No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.H.G. Wells
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.  No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.Robert Frost
Nothing is so distracting, during the heat of creation, as the carping, niggling, nitpicking voice of critical judgment. If, when a writer is furiously composing, a voice interrupts out of nowhere and says: "Stop. What you just wrote stinks," the natural response is to stop and re-read. The critical faculty announces: "You wrote, 'on the table in the back room.' Don't put two prepositions in a row like that. Don't you know any better?" The writer acquiesces. "Oh dear, let me see. He put the cards on the back room table. No. Going into the back room, he put the cards." By now the train of thought has vanished and heaven is truly lost.Victoria Nelson
Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.Sylvia Plath
Nothing, not love, not greed, not passion or hatred, is stronger than a writer's need to change another writer's copy.
Arthur Evans
Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written with his own blood.Friedrich Nietzsche
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
One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.Helen Keller
One has to be just a little crazy to write a great novel.John Gardner
One hasn't become a writer until one has distilled writing into a habit, and that habit has been forced into an obsession. Writing has to be an obsession. It has to be something as organic, physiological and psychological as speaking or sleeping or eating.Niyi Osundare
Only a mediocre writer is always at his best.William Somerset Maugham
Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth. Writing may be interesting, absorbing, exhilarating, racking, relieving. But amusing? Never!Edna Ferber
Outside of a dog, man's best friend is a book. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.Groucho Marx
Pay no attention to what the critics say; there has never been set up a statue in honor of a critic.Jean Sibelius
People on the outside think there's something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn't like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that's all there is to it.Harlan Ellison
Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must, then write. If all feels hopeless, if that famous 'inspiration' will not come, write. If you are a genius, you'll make your own rules, but if not - and the odds are against it - go to your desk no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper - write. J. B. Priestly
Plot springs from character...  I've always sort of believed that these people inside me- these characters- know who they are and what they're about and what happens, and they need me to help get it down on paper because they don't type.Anne Lamott
Poetry is a way of taking life by the throatRobert Frost
Poetry is what gets lost in translation.Robert Frost
Procrastination isn't the problem, it's the solution. So procrastinate now, dont put it off.Ellen DeGeneres
Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.Don Marquis
Put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.Colette
Putting pen to paper lights more fire than matches ever willMalcolm Forbes
Read, read, read.  Read everything- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it.  Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master.  Read!  You'll absorb it.  Then write. William Faulkner
Really, in the end, the only thing that can make you a writer is the person that you are, the intensity of your feeling, the honesty of your vision, the unsentimental acknowledgment of the endless interest of the life around and within you. Virtually nobody can help you deliberately-many people will help you unintentionally.Santha Rama Rau
Rereading reveals rubbish and redundancy.Duane Alan Hahn
Review. Reread. Rewrite.George Mair
Rewriting is like scrubbing the basement floor with a toothbrush.Pete Murphy
Rewriting ripens what you've writtenDuane Alan Hahn
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)
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