No one cares if you write, so you’d better. NO ONE in your family wants you to write a memoir, but do it anyway. You own EVERYTHING that happened to you. Bird by Bird. Shitty first drafts. Butt in chair.
You can’t be an artist and be safe.
—Francis Ford Cpppola
Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.
The best fame is a writer’s fame: It’s enough to get a table at a restaurant, but not enough that you get interrupted when you eat.
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.