—W. Somerset Maugham
An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.
Write hard and clear about what hurts.
The difference between life and the movies is that a script has to make sense, and life doesn’t.
—Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Never tell your reader what your story is about. Reading is a participatory sport. People do it because they are intelligent and enjoy figuring things out for themselves.
—George V. Higgin
If there is no feeling, there cannot be great art.
There is absolutely no point in writing a book unless you feel that you must write that book, or else go mad, or die.
Writers have a rare power not given to anyone else: we can bore people long after we are dead.