The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them -- words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.
The scariest moment is always just before you start.
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.
There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.
After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.
We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.
The first draft of anything is shit.
If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.
All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.