Write from your heart. Write from your soul...Make the best of your talent and don't ever let it go. Not for
Perfection is impossible. Improvement is always possible.
It's never too late--in fiction or in life to revise.
Curiosity kills the cat but creates the writer.
To love what you do and feel that it matters--how could anything be more fun?
Winners never quit and quitters never win.
It takes two and half years to produce a lemon and seven years to produce a pearl.
Success is a finished book, a stack of pages each of which is filled with words. If you reach that point, you
have won a victory over yourself no more impressive than sailing single-handed around the world.
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement.To condense the diffused light of a page of
thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by
itself...Anybody can have ideas--the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an
idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.
Failure: Is it a limitation? Bad timing? It's a lot of things. It's something you can't be afraid of, because you'll
stop growing. The next step beyond failure could be your biggest success in life.
Arguments over grammar and style are often as fierce as those over IBM versus Mac, and as fruitless as
Coke versus Pepsi and boxers versus briefs.
If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
Do painting, cycling, movies, friends after writing.
I work...just about every day. If I sit there like that for two or three years, at the end I have a book.
I turn sentences around. That's my life. I write a sentence and then I turn it around. Then I look at it and I
turn it around again. Then I have lunch. Then I come back in and write another sentence. Then I have tea
and turn the new sentence around.