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"The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase, the leaping simile."
--Robert Cormier

"The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart" - Maya Angelou.

"As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information." - Benjamin Disraeli

"Waiting for inspiration to write  is like standing at the airport waiting for a train."         -- Leigh Michaels

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept, 
Were toiling upward in the night.
                                        -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"If you can not write well, you can not think well,  and if you can not think well, others will do your thinking for you."    --George Orwell

"Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences. They are the ones who keep writing. They are the ones who discover what is most important and strangest and most pleasurable in themselves, and keep believing in the value of their work, despite the difficulties."
.......Bonnie Friedman

"There are only three colors, ten digits, and seven notes;
its what we do with them that's important."
.......Ruth Ross

"Nobody cares much whether you write or not. You just have to do it."
.......Natalie Goldberg

We conquer, not in any brilliant fashion, we conquer by continuing."
.......George Matheson

It is never too late to be what you might have been."
.......George Elliot

"All writers are discontent. That's because they're aware of a potential and believe they're not reaching it."
.......William Saroyan

"To live a creative life, we must lost our fear of being wrong."
.......Joseph Chilton Pearce

I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.
Steve Martin

Pen, paper, perseverance, and proficiency.
Duane Alan Hahn

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences; what others say in a whole book.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
Thomas Jefferson

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
Thomas Mann

I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.
Peter De Vries

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.          --Robert Benchley

If you can't annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.
Kingsley Amis

I write to teach myself what I already know.
Duane Alan Hahn

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.

There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together.
Josh Billings

Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard.
Daphne Du Maurier

The pen is mightier than the sword.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803 - 1873), Richelieu
Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time... The wait is simply too long.
Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990)
I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900
You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.
Ray Bradbury (1920 - ), advice to writers
There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965
We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)
The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.
Walter Bagehot (1826 - 1877)

Success is spelled W - O - R - K
--Robert Schuller

It is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.
--Gerald Brenan

You can't sit around and wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
--Jack London

We all have some talent. We could all use some more. But we should all keep writing.
-- Julie Beard

Always grab the reader by the throat in the first paragraph, sink your thumbs into his windpipe in the second, and hold him against the wall until the tag line.
--Paul O'Neil

When talented people write well, it is generally for this reason: they're moved by a desire to touch the audience.
--Robert McKee

Having harvested all the knowledge and wisdom we can from our mistakes and failures, we should put them behind us and go ahead.
--Edith Johnson

Every word written is a victory against death.
Michel Butor

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
     Cyril Connolly

Writing is a cop-out. An excuse to live perpetually in fantasy land, where you can create, direct and watch the products of your own head. Very selfish.
     Monica Dickens

For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.
      Catherine Drinker Bowen

Neither man nor God is going to tell me what to write.
       James T. Farrell

The reason one writes isn't the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say.
         F. Scott Fitzgerald

There are many reasons why novelists write - but they all have one thing in common: a need to create an alternative world.
        John Fowles

There is more pleasure to building castles in the air than on the ground.
        Edward Gibbon

Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer.
         Barbara Kingsolver

No one is able to enjoy such feast than the one who throws a party in his own mind.
          Selma Lagerlöf

We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are. Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing, which is one reason why they write so little.
      Anne Lamott

Are we, who want to create, in some way specially talented people? Or has everybody else simply given up, either by preassures of modesty or laziness, and closed their ears from their inner need to create, until that need has died, forgotten and abandoned? When you look at children, you start to think the latter. I still haven't met a child who doesn't love - or who at least hasn't loved - drawing, writing or some other creative activity.
      Natalia Laurila

My purpose is to entertain myself first and other people secondly.
         John D. MacDonald

Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted.
         Jules Renard

Reading usually precedes writing and the impulse to write is almost always fired by reading. Reading, the love of reading, is what makes you dream of becoming a writer.
      Susan Sontag

Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.
           Gloria Steinem

Like everyone else, I am going to die. But the words - the words live on for as long as there are readers to see them, audiences to hear them. It is immortality by proxy. It is not really a bad deal, all things considered.
    J. Michael Straczynski

Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it.
   Jesse Stuart

I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten - happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.
Brenda Ueland

I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.
Gustave Flaubert

A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it to be God.
Sidney Sheldon

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.
Red Smith

Writing is so difficult that I feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.
Jessamyn West

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 A. Poe

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.

Writing is thinking on paper.
William Zinsser

Writing is a lot easier if you have something to say
Sholem Asch

Put weather in.
Joseph Hansen

If you think that something small cannot make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room.

Everything that doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. And later on you can use it in some story.
Tapani Bagge

All good ideas arrive by chance.
Max Ernst

Writing is communication, not self-expression. Nobody in this world wants to read your diary except your mother.
Richard Peck

I keep six honest serving men
They taught me all I knew;
Their names are What and Why and When
and How and Where and Who.
Rudyard Kipling

Many modern novels have a beginning, a muddle and an end.
Philip Larkin

The wastepaper basket is the writer's best friend.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

By writing much, one learns to write well.
Robert Southey

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define
yourself.    --Wayne Dyer

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