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A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public eye with his pants down.Edna St. Vincent Millay
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
Like stones, words are laborious and unforgiving, and the fitting of them together, like the fitting of stones, demands great patience and strength of purpose and particular skill.Edmund Morrison
Through joy and through sorrow, I wrote. Through hunger and through thirst, I wrote. Through good report and through ill report, I wrote. Through sunshine and through moonshine, I wrote. What I wrote it is unnecessary to say.Edgar Allan Poe
Finish. The difference between being a writer and being a person of talent is the discipline it takes to apply the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair and finish. Don't talk about doing it. Do it. Finish.E.L. Konigsburg
Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader- not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.E.L. Doctorow
English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education — sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street.E.B. White
A child can identify with adult characters- but only if they are sympathetically drawn and simple enough.E. W. Hildick, Children and Fiction
I suggest that the only books that influence us are those
for which we are ready, and which have gone a little
further down our particular path than we have gone ourselves.
E. M. Forster
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophreniaE. L. Doctorow
It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.E. L. Doctorow
The writer isn´t made in a vacuum. Writers are witnesses. The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses to this terrifying century. E. L. Doctorow
Advice to young writers who want to get ahead without any annoying delays: don't write about Man, write about a man.E. B. White
Rereading reveals rubbish and redundancy.Duane Alan Hahn
Rewriting ripens what you've writtenDuane Alan Hahn
Failure? I never encountered it. All I ever met were temporary setbacks.Dottie Walters
If you're going to write, don't pretend to write down. It's going to be the best you can do, and it's the fact that it's the best you can do that kills you.Dorothy Parker
And it does no harm to repeat, as often as you can, 'Without me the literary industry would not exist: the publishers, the agents, the sub-agents, the sub-sub-agents, the accountants, the libel lawyers, the departments of literature, the professors, the theses, the books of criticism, the reviewers, the book pages- all this vast and proliferating edifice is because of this small, patronized, put-down and underpaid person.Doris Lessing
Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.Don Marquis
Writers who love their own work too much and too soon are usually not very good.Dean Koontz
An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.de Chateaubriand
I believe 'writer's block' is the normal state of writing; that is, you rarely have anything just flow easily from your brain to the keyboard. And if it does, it's usually pretty bad. Good writing is almost always hard, and what I think sometimes happens is that writers forget how hard it is, or don't want to do the work any more, and they call this 'writer's block'.Dave Barry
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
Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard.Daphne Du Maurier
I write to discover what I think. After all, the bars aren't open that early.

On why he writes at home from 6:30 to 8:30 AM
Daniel J Boorstin, Librarian of Congress
If you wait for inspiration to write you're not a writer, you're a waiter.
Dan Poynter
I like to write when I feel spiteful; it's like having a good sneeze.D. H. Lawrence
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. Cyril Connolly
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice.Cyril Connolly
A writer is dear and necessary for us only in the measure of which he reveals to us the inner workings of his very soul. Count Leo Tolstoy
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
Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just get up and go to work.Chuck Close
When you sell a man a book, you don't sell him 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life.Christopher Morley
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics
is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs
Christopher Hampton
We have read your manuscript with boundless delight. If we were to publish your paper, it would be impossible for us to publish any work of lower standard. And as it is unthinkable that in the next thousand years we shall see its equal, we are, to our regret, compelled to return your divine composition, and to beg you a thousand times to overlook our short sight and timidity."

a rejection from a Chinese economic journal
Chinese publisher
A closed book is merely a stack of paper.Chinese proverb
I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I write and I understand.Chinese proverb
Those who say that it cannot be done should not interrupt the people doing it.Chinese proverb
A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket. Charles Peguy
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
An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations. Charles de Montesquieu
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),
To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.
Charles Caleb Colton
A critic is a legless man who teaches running.Channing Pollock
Writers seldom choose as friends those self-contained characters who are never in trouble, never unhappy or ill, never make mistakes, and always count their change when it is handed to them. Catherine Drinker Bowen
I have MORE to say than Hemingway, and God knows, I say it better than Faulkner.Carson McCullers
Write about what really interests you, whether it is
real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.
(Notice this means that if you are interested only in
writing you will never be a writer, because you will
have nothing to write about...)
C.S. Lewis
Don’t say it was ‘delightful’; make us say ‘delightful’ when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers ‘Please will you do the job for me.’C. S. Lewis
It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.C. J. Cherryh
What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working even when he's staring out the window.Burton Rascoe
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