The easiest thing to do on earth is not writing.
You are what you settle for.
You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.
—Octavia E. Butler
If you want to fly, you have to give up the shit that weighs you down.
You write in order to change the world. If you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.
It's harder to write in the third person but the advantage is you move around better.
You can’t be a good writer without being a good thinker. This is a depressing thought for a writer.
I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.
Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist, but the ability to start over.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald
The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.