One must be ruthless with one’s own writing or someone else will be.
I am not responsible for the ideas and opinions that my characters express.
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
The first person you should think of pleasing in writing a book is yourself. If you can amuse yourself for the length of time it takes to write a book, the publishers and the readers can and will come later.
Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.
Whatever you describe to another person is also a revelation of who you are and who you think you are. You cannot describe anything without betraying your point of view, your aspirations, your fears, your hopes. Everything.
The profession of book writing makes horse racing look like a solid, stable business.
The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean.
—Robert Louis Stevenson