Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. Muses are too unreliable to keep on the payroll.Helen Hanson
You must get an education. You must go to school, and you must learn to protect yourself. And you must learn to protect yourself with the pen, and not the gun.Josephine Baker
I cannot write at all, but if I could how could I make a little book, when I have seen enough to make a dozen large books? I will not write at all.john james audubon
Only half of writing is saying what you mean. The other half is preventing people from reading what they expected you to mean.james richardson
The prose method might be described as that where the writer provides a complete description of all those material factors in the environment which condition his characters. The poetic method sees the centre of consciousness as the point where all that is significant in the surrounding world becomes aware and transformed; the prose method requires a description of that world in order to explain the characteristics of the people in it. The hero of the poetic method is Rimbaud; of the prose method, Balzac.stephen spender
Learn as much by writing as by reading.
Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts.brian aldiss
Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.Francis Bacon
Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.neil gaiman
Good writers indulge their audience; great writers know better.Tom Heehler
A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.thomas mann
I don’t distinguish between magic and art. When I got into magic, I realised I had been doing it all along, ever since I wrote my first pathetic story or poem when I was twelve or whatever. This has all been my magic, my way of dealing with it.alan moore
Writing is a fine thing, because it combines the two pleasures of talking to yourself and talking to a crowd.cesare pavese
When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing.
People make interesting assumptions about the profession. The writer is a mysterious figure, wandering lonely as a cloud, fired by inspiration, or perhaps a cocktail or two.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.Henry David Thoreau
You don't really understand your thoughts until you express them in words.
Let's face it, the great comedians now that are handicapped in the looks department are tremendous writers.Jack Black
When I write, I write about my surroundings. Sometimes it's light, and sometimes it gets very dark.The Weeknd
I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops. To put it another way, they’re like dandelions. If you have one on your lawn, it looks pretty and unique. If you fail to root it out, however, you find five the next day . . . fifty the day after that . . . and then, my brothers and sisters, your lawn is totally, completely, and profligately covered with dandelions. By then you see them for the weeds they really are, but by then it’s — GASP!! — too late.Stephen King