You can’t be a good writer without being a good thinker. This is a depressing thought for a writer.
The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.
There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
If it pleases you and you can write at all, it's gonna please somebody else.
Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.
—Hunter S. Thompson
People talk about books that write themselves, and it's a lie. Books don't write themselves. It takes thought and research and backache and notes and more time and more work than you'd believe.