When writing a novel a writer should create living people people not characters. A character is a caricature.
Real seriousness in regard to writing is one of two absolute necessities. The other, unfortunately, is talent.
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions for opinions in good men is but knowledge in the making.
It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
Advice to writers Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin.
There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.
A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.N. B. This quote is commonly attributed to Voltaire, but it is not found in his writing.
S. G. Tallentyre
The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any.
When I read some of the rules for speaking and writing the English language correctly...I think-- Any fool can make a rule And every fool will mind it.
Henry David Thoreau
To exclude from positions of trust and command all those below the age of 44 would have kept Jefferson from writing the Declaration of Independence, Washington from commanding the Continental Army, Madison from fathering the Constitution, Hamilton from serving as secretary of the treasury, Clay from being elected speaker of the House and Christopher Columbus from discovering America.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.
Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers.
Learn as much by writing as by reading.
Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem, or saying a prayer.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
Booker T. Washington
My final merit I refuse you, I refuse putting from me what I really am, Encompass worlds but never try to encompass me, I crowd your sleekest and best by simply looking toward you. Writing and talk do not prove me, I carry the plenum of proof in my face, With the hush of my lips I wholly confound the skeptic.
Of writing well the source and fountainhead is wise thinking.
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
W. Somerset Maugham
When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.
Enrique Jardiel Poncela
Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
Robert A. Heinlein
The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way.
Richard Harding Davis
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice journalism what will be grasped at once.
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice journalism what will be read once.
Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.
To attract good fortune, spend a new coin on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend, and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon.
Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.
Originality is not seen in single words or even sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in the mirror which waits always before or behind.
Catherine Drinker Bowen
To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the music the words make.
Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.
People love to admit they have bad handwriting or that they can't do math. And they will readily admit to being awkward 'I'm such a klutz' But they will never admit to having a poor sense of humor or being a bad driver.
Writing ought either to be the manufacture of stories for which there is a market demand -- a business as safe and commendable as making soap or breakfast foods -- or it should be an art, which is always a search for something for which there is no market demand, something new and untried, where the values are intrinsic and have nothing to do with standardized values.
Willa Sibert Cather
It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one's thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.
Writing only leads to more writing.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
Every man has one thing he can do better than anyone else--and usually it's reading his own handwriting.
G. Norman Collie
There are so many opportunities in life, that the loss of two or three capabilities is not necessarily debilitating. A handicap can give you the opportunity to focus more on art, writing, or music.
There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.
Life can't ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer's lover until death--fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous constant.
Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth... But amusing Never.
Television has raised writing to a new low.
As we were driving, we saw a sign that said 'Watch For Rocks.' Marta said it should read 'Watch For PRETTY Rocks.' I told her she should write in her suggestion to the highway department, but she started saying it was a joke---just to get out of writing a simple letter And I thought I was lazy
Jack Handey Deep Thoughts
If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
Never be entirely idle but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.
Thomas a Kempis
Not only the studying and writing of history but also the honoring of it both represent affirmations of a certain defiant faith-a desperate, unreasoning faith, if you will-but faith nevertheless in the endurance of this threatened world-faith in the total essentiality of historical continuity.
George Frost Kennan
Getting ahead in a difficult profession -- singing, acting, writing, whatever -- requires avid faith in yourself. You must be able to sustain yourself against staggering blows and unfair reversals. When I think back to those first couple of years in Rome, those endless rejections, without a glimmer of encouragement from anyone, all those failed screen tests, and yet I never let my desire slide away from me, my belief in myself and what I felt I could achieve.
Great writing is a submission to a creative force that seems to use the writer as an instrument. The writer finds that the words stream out, almost as if someone else were producing them. Writing becomes a process of discovery.
In the next year or so, my signature will appear on 60 billion of United States currency. More important to me, however, is the signature that appears on my life-the strong, proud, assertive handwriting of a loving father and mother.
Katherine D. Ortega
Thus, in a real sense, I am constantly writing autobiography, but I have to turn it into fiction in order to give it credibility.
I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like child stringing beads in kindergarten--happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.
Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.
Writing is hard work and bad for the health.
E. B. White
No nation ancient or modern ever lost the liberty of freely speaking, writing, or publishing their sentiments, but forthwith lost their liberty in general and became slaves.
John Peter Zenger
Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.
A prose writer gets tired of writing prose, and wants to be a poet. So he begins every line with a capital letter, and keeps on writing prose.
Samuel McChord Crothers
I do believe it is possible to create, even without ever writing a word or painting a picture, by simply molding one's inner life. And that too is a deed.
Bureaucrats write memoranda both because they appear to be busy when they are writing and because the memos, once written, immediately become proof that they were busy.
True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written in writing what deserves to be read and in so living as to make the world happier for our living in it.
Pliny the Elder
This is the challenge of writing. You have to be very emotionally engaged in what youre doing, or it comes out flat. You cant fake your way through this.
Real Live Preacher
Vigorous writing is concise.
William Jr. Strunk
The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.