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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
I have MORE to say than Hemingway, and God knows, I say it better than Faulkner.Carson McCullers
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
A critic is a legless man who teaches running.Channing Pollock
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
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),
An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations. Charles de Montesquieu
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
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
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 closed book is merely a stack of paper.Chinese proverb
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
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics
is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs
Christopher Hampton
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
Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just get up and go to work.Chuck Close
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
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
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice.Cyril Connolly
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. Cyril Connolly
I like to write when I feel spiteful; it's like having a good sneeze.D. H. Lawrence
If you wait for inspiration to write you're not a writer, you're a waiter.
Dan Poynter
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
Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard.Daphne Du Maurier
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
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
An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.de Chateaubriand
Writers who love their own work too much and too soon are usually not very good.Dean Koontz
Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.Don Marquis
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
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
Failure? I never encountered it. All I ever met were temporary setbacks.Dottie Walters
Rewriting ripens what you've writtenDuane Alan Hahn
Rereading reveals rubbish and redundancy.Duane Alan Hahn
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
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
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophreniaE. L. Doctorow
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
A child can identify with adult characters- but only if they are sympathetically drawn and simple enough.E. W. Hildick, Children and Fiction
English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education — sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street.E.B. White
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
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
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
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
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
A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public eye with his pants down.Edna St. Vincent Millay
What has a writer to be bombastic about? Whatever good a man may write is the consequence of accident, luck, or surprise, and nobody is more surprised than an honest writer when he makes a good phrase or says something truthful.Edward Dahlberg
Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees.
Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain.
Elie Wiesel
Procrastination isn't the problem, it's the solution. So procrastinate now, dont put it off.Ellen DeGeneres
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