Thursday, January 17, 2019
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Making a decision to write was a lot like deciding to jump into a frozen lake.
The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always.
You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart.
You must write, and read, as if your life depended on it.
Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.
Dreaming in public is an important part of our job description.
Talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.
I never reread a text until I have finished the first draft. Otherwise it’s too discouraging.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.
— Ray Bradbury
A lot of people talk about writing. The secret is to write, not talk.
Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent.
Writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait two years to know whether or not it was funny.
—Alain de Botton
The highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist, is to remain true to himself and let the chips fall where they may.
—John F. Kennedy
Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.
I write seven days a week, starting at 4 o'clock in the morning, including Christmas.
A writer’s job is to imagine everything so personally that the fiction is as vivid as memories.
I can feel infinitely alive curled up on the sofa reading a book.
Most of us find our own voices only after we’ve sounded like a lot of other people.
Friday, January 4, 2019
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to those who have none.
Say what you mean. Say what you see. Make a photograph, if you can, for the reader.
There is only one way to work—Like Hell.
When you’re speaking in the truest, most intimate voice about your life, you are speaking with the universal voice.
Anytime anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction.
The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points, the better you are as a writer.
If a writer falls in love with you, you will never die.
There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.