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January 31st, 2011
I try to leave out the parts that people skip.
January 30th, 2011
A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.
January 29th, 2011
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
January 28th, 2011
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
January 27th, 2011
So often is the virgin sheet of paper more real than what one has to say, and so often one regrets having marred it.
January 26th, 2011
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
January 25th, 2011
There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.
--Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith
January 24th, 2011
A man will turn over half a library to make one book.
January 23rd, 2011
If you want to get rich from writing, write the sort of thing that's read by persons who move their lips when they're reading to themselves.
January 22nd, 2011
A great writer reveals the truth even when he or she does not wish to.
January 21st, 2011
A critic can only review the book he has read, not the one which the writer wrote.
January 20th, 2011
Easy reading is damn hard writing.
January 19th, 2011
If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.
January 18th, 2011
I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.
January 17th, 2011
The best style is the style you don't notice.
January 16, 2011
Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art.
--William Ralph Inge
January 15th, 2011
In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
January 14th, 2011
Love the writing, love the writing, love the writing... the rest will follow.
January 13th, 2011
We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
January 12th, 2011
Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.
--E. L. Doctorow
January 11th, 2011
I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.
January 10th, 2011
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
January 9th, 2011
Fantasy's hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.
January 8th, 2011
All really good picture books are written to be read five hundred times
January 7th, 2011
You must write for children the same way you write for adults, only better.
January 6th, 2011
I write for the same reason I breathe- because if I didn't, I would die.
January 5th, 2011
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
January 4th, 2011
You see things as they are and ask 'Why?' I dream of things as they never were and ask, 'Why not?'
--George Bernard Shaw
January 3rd, 2011
To me the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the music the words make.
January 2nd, 2011
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
--Henry Ward Beecher
January 1st, 2011
God is love, but get it in writing.