It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
A wounded deer leaps the highest.
Any form of human creativity is a process of doing it and getting better at it. You become a writer by writing. There is no other way.
Never use three words when one will do. Be concise. Don’t fall in love with the gentle trilling of your mellifluous sentences. Learn how to “kill your darlings,” as they say.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
The purpose of writing is to make your mother and father drop dead with shame.
—J. P. Donleavy