I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.
It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.
Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
William Shakespeare (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.
To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.
It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.
C. J. Cherryh
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.
Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.
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