“Every first draft is perfect because all the first draft has to do is exist.”

Jane Smiley


“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.”

Virginia Woolf


“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.”

Stephen King


“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.”

Ernest Hemingway


“To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.”

Herman Melville


“A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God.”

Sidney Sheldon


“Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.”

Henry David Thoreau


“My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.”

Anton Chekhov


“Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.”

Willa Cather


“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

Douglas Adams


“Words are a lens to focus one’s mind.”

Ayn Rand


“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.”

Barbara Kingsolver


“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

E.L. Doctorow


“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.”

William Faulkner


“I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.”

William Carlos Williams


“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.”

Beatrix Potter


“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”

Martin Luther


“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.”

Neil Gaiman,

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