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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
I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, 'To hell with you.'Saul Bellow
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.Saul Bellow
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.Scott Adams
Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn't wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say.Sharon O'Brien
Writing comes more easily if you have something to say.Sholem Asch
The characters can own villas and yachts, and armies can be deployed at no cost. A novelist is limited only by his or her imagination. Writing a novel is a heady experience, for a novelist creates worlds and plays God.Sidney Sheldon
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters.Solomon Short
"The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit."
Somerset Maugham
A short saying often contains much wisdom.Sophocles
I would never write about anyone who is not at the end of his rope. Stanley Elkin
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
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
A novel is a mirror walking along a main road.Stendhal
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.Stephen Covey
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.Stephen King
While it is impossible to make a competent writer out of a bad writer, and while it is equally impossible to make a great writer out of a good one, it is possible with lots of hard work, dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of a merely competent one.Stephen King
I consider terror the finest emotion, so I will try to terrify the reader. If I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify; and if I find that I cannot horrify, Iíll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud.Stephen King
Eighty-five percent of what goes on in a novelist's head is none of his business.Stephen King
Almost everyone can remember losing his or her virginity, and most writers can remember the first book he/she put down thinking: I can do better than this. Hell, I *am* doing better than this!
Stephen King
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.Stephen King
The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings -- words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out.Stephen King
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
I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.
Steve Martin
Writerís block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they can have an excuse to drink alcohol.Steve Martin
I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers doneSteven Wright
All stories teach us something, and promise us something,
whether they're true or invented, legend or fact.
Stewart O'Nan
In composing, as a general rule, run a pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigor it will give your style.Sydney Smith
Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.Sylvia Plath
And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.Sylvia Plath
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.T. S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)
Mediocre writers borrow; great writers steal.T.S. Eliot
Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.Terry Pratchett
Some people are heroes. And some people jot down notes.Terry Pratchett
A kid is a guy I never wrote down to.† He's interested in what I say if I make it interesting.Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss)
Wake the happy words.Theodore Roethke
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.† The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms; the great devotions; and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.Theodore Roosevelt
Why do writers write? Because it isn't there.Thomas Berger
If a book comes from the heart, it will continue to reach other hearts."† Thomas Carlyle
Biography is the only true history.Thomas Carlyle
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.Thomas Jefferson
Take care that you never spell a word wrong. Always before you write a word, consider how it is spelled, and, if you do not remember, turn to a dictionary. It produces great praise to a lady to spell well.

to his daughter Martha
Thomas Jefferson
A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.Thomas Mann
What I had to face, the very bitter lesson that everyone who wants to write has got to learn, was that a thing may in itself be the finest piece of writing one has ever done, and yet have absolutely no place in the manuscript one hopes to publish.Thomas Wolfe
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.Tom Clancy
I dunno, when I started writing really I was like, filling out applications and stuff real early. Last name first, first name last, sexÖ occasionally, stuff like that. Then I was writing letters, filling out forms, writing on bathroom walls... Tom Waits
Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the yard and shot it.Truman Capote
To me the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the music the words make. Truman Capote
I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.Truman Capote
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