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I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.

Adams Douglas

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There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Maya Angelo , I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.

J.D. Salinger , The Catcher in the Rye

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If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.

Toni Morrison (Author)

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There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Ernest Hemingway.

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You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.

Madeleine L'Engle

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If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.

Stephen King (Author)

Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.

Virginia Wolfe , A Room of One's Own

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Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.

Mark Twain

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We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.

Anaïs Nin

One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.

Jack Kerouac Atop an Underwood Early Stories and Other Writings

We live and breathe words. .... It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt--I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling
you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted--and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.

Cassandra Clare , Clockwork Prince

Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.

Lloyd Alexander

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And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

- Sylvia Plath , The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.

Saul Bellow

Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it.
Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.

William Faulkner

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No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.

Robert Frost

Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

Oscar Wilde , The Picture of Dorian Gray

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You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.

Ray Douglas Bradbury , Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity

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The difference between the
almost right
word and the
word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.

Mark Twain , The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain: A Book of Quotations

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The road to hell is paved with adverbs.

Stephen King (Author) , On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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Fiction is the truth inside the lie.

Stephen King (Author)

The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them -- words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.

Stephen King (Author)

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Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.

Антон Чехов

The scariest moment is always just before you start.

Stephen King , On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.

e. l. Doctorow

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.

Louis L'Amour

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.

Philip Pullman (Author)

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History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

Winston Churchill

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How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

Henry David Thoreau

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We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.

Kurt Vonnegut

The first draft of anything is shit.

Ernest Hemingway

If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.

Kurt Vonnegut , A Man Without a Country

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.

Stephen King (Author)

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.

Anne Frank Fonds Basel

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There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

W. Somerset Maugham

you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.

Stephen King , On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

Thomas Mann Mythology by Christopher Dell

Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.

Franz Kafka

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There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.

Chareles Dickens , Oliver Twist

let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences

- Sylvia Plath , The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.

William Wordsworth

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

Beatrix Potter

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A word after a word after a word is power.

Margaret Atwood

Tears are words that need to be written.

Paulo Coelho

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You can make anything by writing.

C.S. Lewis

Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it's always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.

Neil Gaiman

You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.

Ray Douglas Bradbury

I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I'm afraid of.

Josh Whedon

You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.

Annie Proulx