There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.
A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences
Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you.
Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.
A word after a word after a word is power.
Tears are words that need to be written.
You can make anything by writing.
Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it's always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.
You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.
Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.
I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I'm afraid of.
You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.
This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It's that easy, and that hard.
A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.