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February 28th, 2011
In Ireland, a writer is looked upon as a failed conversationalist.
February 27th, 2011
I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.
February 26th, 2011
I am being frank about myself in this book. I tell of my first mistake on page 850.
February 25th, 2011
Every other author may aspire to praise; the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach.
February 24th, 2011
Dr. Johnson's sayings would not appear so extraordinary were it not for his bow-wow way.
February 23rd, 2011
Begin with another's to end with your own.
February 22nd, 2011
Autobiography is a preemptive strike against biographers.
--Barbara G. Harris
February 21st, 2011
An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.
--Francois Rene De Chateaubriand
February 20th, 2011
Agatha Christie has given more pleasure in bed than any other woman.
February 19th, 2011
I keep six honest serving men. (They taught me all I know); their names are what, why and when & How, Where and Who.
February 18th, 2011
I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.
--Peter De Vries
February 17th, 2011
If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.
February 16th, 2011
Writing is my time machine, takes me to the precise time and place I belong.
February 15th, 2011
A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.
February 14th, 2011
Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
February 13th, 2011
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
February 12th, 2011
A metaphor is like a simile.
February 11th, 2011
Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.
--Orson Scott Card
February 10th, 2011
Ink and paper are sometimes passionate lovers, oftentimes brother and sister, and occasionally mortal enemies.
February 9th, 2011
Easy reading is damn hard writing.
February 8th, 2011
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
February 7th, 2011
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
February 6th, 2011
The wastebasket is a writer's best friend.
--Isaac Bashevis Singer
February 5th, 2011
I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
February 4th, 2011
Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very;" your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
February 3rd, 2011
Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn't wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say.
February 2nd, 2011
What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.
--Logan Pearsall Smith
February 1st, 2011
If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.