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Every artist takes their final work to the grave.
I have no taste for either poverty or honest labor, so writing is the only recourse left for me.
When you write a story you're telling yourself the story. When you rewrite your main job is taking out all the things that are NOT the story.
You are your own best teacher. ~Jimmy Buffett
Inspiration for what we produce comes from reading, observing the world of humans around us and also the animal kingdom
An editor should tell the author his writing is better than it is. Not a lot better a little better.
The design of a book is the pattern of a reality controlled and shaped by the mind of a writer.
Your manuscript is both good and original but the parts that are good are not original and the parts that are original are not good.
World War I was the most colossal, murderous, mismanaged butchery that has ever taken place on earth. Any writer who said otherwise lied, So the writers either wrote propaganda, shut up, or fought.
The highest duty of the writer is to remain true to himself and let the chips fall where they may. In serving his vision of the truth the artist best serves his nation.
The centuries are sprinkled with rare magicwith divine creatureswho help us get past the common and extraordinary ills that beset us
Mice: But reading all the good writers might discourage you.Y.C.: Then you ought to be discouraged.
Words made you mighty. Words, stories, books: they could take you anywhere, and they could go out anywhere in the world. Jenny -- Jane -- picked up her pen, and began to write.
Poetry creates the myth, the prose writer draws its portrait.
All the time I'm not writing I feel like a criminal. It's horrible to feel felonious every second of the day. It's much more relaxing to actually write.
Quiet people have the loudest minds.
writing about a writer's block is better than not writing at all
I avoided writers very carefully because they can perpetuate trouble as no one else can.
Dostoevsky was made by being sent to Siberia. Writers are forged in injustice as a sword is forged.
Theoretically speaking a good reader should also be a good learner, whatever the century and the place!
Mice: What is the best early training for a writer?Y.C.: An unhappy childhood.
Capture your reader, let him not depart, from dull beginnings that refuse to start
I want to paint the way a bird sings.
If you're silent for a long time, people just arrive in your mind.
I keep six honest serving men. (They taught me all I know) Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who.
I've met talespinners before, Jake, and they're all cut more or less from the same cloth. They tell tales because they're afraid of life.
As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.
All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.
Every other author may aspire to praise the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach.
The truth is that most writers are needy.
A writer should write what he has to say and not speak it.
I have tried lately to read Shakespeare and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.
Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot if difference. They don't have to makes speeches. Just believing is usually enough.
A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave.
Isolation is a gift. Everything else is just a test of your endurance. You will be alone with the Gods. Your nights will flame with fire.
No tears and the writer no tears and the reader.
This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back again.
Writers aren't exactly people they're a whole lot of people trying to be one person.
Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them.
Poor, harmless paper, that might have gone to print a Shakespeare on, and was instead so clumsily defaced with nonsense.
I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters.
Take care of the sense and the sounds will take of care themselves.
But if you needed to HAVE AN IDEA, boredom could be to a roadblocked novel what chemotherapy was to a cancer patient.
The writer must write what he has to say not speak it.
There was nothing glorious about the life of a drinker or the life of a writer.
The writer is committed when he plunges to the very depths of himself with the intent to disclose not his individuality but his person in the complex society that conditions and supports him.
Never believe anything a writer tells you about himself. A man comes to believe in the end the lies he tells himself about himself.
I suppose some editors are failed writers - but so are most writers.
Writers are the engineers of human souls.