Writers from all walks of life give us a recodring that allows us to value our own growth or lack of it.
Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews.
Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.
When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism; but when you take it from many writers, it's research.
The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.
If something in your writing gives support to people in their lives, that's more than just entertainment-which is what we writers all struggle to do, to touch people.
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
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.
I try to leave out the parts that people skip.
If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
The wastebasket is a writer's best friend.
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