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Use what you stand for and what you oppose as a foundation to write great content that resonates with readers and creates a ripple effect.
Make them laugh, make them cry, make them wait.
To be a writer, you must write. To be a published writer you must finish what you write and then get what you've written in front of the outside world.
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.
You need the devotion to your work that a priest of God has for his.
Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.
Don't let yourself slip and get any perfect characters... keep them people, people, people, and don't let them get to be symbols.
There are two moments worthwhile in writing, the one when you start and the other when you throw it in the waste-paper basket.
Imagination? It is the one thing beside honesty that a good writer must have. The more he learns from experience the more he can imagine.
Try any goddam thing you like, no matter how boringly normal or outrageous. If it works, fine. If it doesn't, toss it. Toss it even if you love it.
But let the wise be warned against too great readiness at explanation: it multiplies the sources of mistake, lengthening the sum for reckoners sure to go wrong.
As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.
Sometimes it helps to pick out one person-a real person you know, or an imagined person-and write to that one.
Trying to write something of permanent value is a full-time job.
I do a lot of rewriting. It’s very painful.
But if you needed to HAVE AN IDEA, boredom could be to a roadblocked novel what chemotherapy was to a cancer patient.
You need to take out the stuff that’s just sitting there and doing nothing. No slackers allowed! All meat, no filler!
Up in that room I decided that I would write one story about each thing that I knew about. I was trying to do this all the time I was writing, and it was good and severe discipline.
... when editors were flattered, they would sometimes give in on some of their mad ideas.
Saepa stilum vertas, iterum quae digna legi sint scripturas. (Turn the stylus [to erase] often if you would write something worthy of being reread.)
All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.
Only God gets it right the first time and only a slob says, "Oh well, let it go, that's what copyeditors are for.
What you don't write is often more important than what you do
Maugham then offers the greatest advice anyone could give to a young author: "At the end of an interrogation sentence, place a question mark. You'd be surprised how effective it can be.
I know it's difficult in the beginning. But, listen. If you have the impulse to write, do yourself a favor, do the world a favor, and write.
Trust your instincts. Do not confuse ego with instinct. Ego has to be set aside if you want to improve, and we should always want to improve. There is no glass ceiling on being better.
Just write. That's my only tip. And read. I guess that's two.
Fiction must convince our bodies for it to have any chance of convincing our minds.
I’ve always loved the night, when everyone else is asleep and the world is all mine. It’s quiet and dark—the perfect time for creativity.
Daily life is always extraordinary when rendered precisely. We can unlock our lives with a pencil tip.
Plot joined the expedition unwooed, as a necessary companion. It was not the scout. The scout was a certain mood. I followed that mood, and let the shape of the story flow from that.
The only difference between writers and people who don't write is that writers aren't afraid to display their demons.
We don’t read to observe the character from a distance. We read to become the character and experience the conflicts and rewards they are experiencing.
I personally believe that one learns to write by writing.
My job as a writer is simple. Write a book I’m proud of, and present it as a gift to the world. Some will love it.Some will hate it.That’s the nature of art.
Collect books, even if you don't plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library.
I don’t get writer's block because I don’t believe in it. I believe you sit in front of the computer and force your fingers to get something on the screen.
The sooner you finish procrastinating, the sooner you can get back to your art.
I write to shed my sacred sorrows.
Let at least one word of my writings impregnate the reader's heart.
She thought a writer should work harder writing a book than she did reading it.
While the goal of a book is to create a positive emotional experience for the reader, the goal of the opening is to set the stage, to pull the reader in.
If you can master the opening, you will be leaps and bounds ahead of the competition.
Always remember that your memoir is never about you. It's about your reader. At it's core, it's about that shared space where we all experience the timeless truths of what it means to be human.
Biographies are best when written chronologically. Boring people don't make for good biographies.
What are minnows but brief flashes? And what are thoughts? And how do you capture a brief flash, even for a second?
A writer gets to live yet another life every time she creates a new story.
The key to high concept is that fresh twist. Make it a big one. Wow your reader. Force her to gasp when she comes to that part in your story.
Writing a story is like going on a date—you will spoil it if you aren't living in the moment.