A writer always thinks the last version of his novel is best, until he reads it again.
Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader's.
Don't be a writer. Be writing.
When asked to whom a writer should provide servitude (critics, editors, publishers, the public, etc.), Jack London replied: "Beauty is the only master to serve."
The time to begin writing a story is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is that you really want to say.
Remember to get the weather in your damn book — weather is very important.
If your book doesn't keep you up nights writing it, it won't keep anyone up nights reading it.
—James A. Michener
The work is hard, the perks are few, the pay is terrible, and the product, when it’s finally finished, is pure joy.
—Mary Lee Settle
The more you read, the more you will write. The better the stuff you read, the better the stuff you will write.