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
[Screenwriting] is no more complicated than old French torture chambers, I think. It's about as simple as that.james l. brooks
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
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.cyril connolly
These two rules make the best system: first, have something to say; second, say it.
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
Thus, in a real sense, I am constantly writing autobiography, but I have to turn it into fiction in order to give it credibility.
In the mental disturbance and effort of writing, what sustains you is the certainty that on every page there is something left unsaid.cesare pavese
Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.john ruskin
Life is writing. The sole purpose of mankind is to engrave the thoughts of divinity onto the tablets of nature.Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
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.
The beach is not a place to work; to read, write or to think.anne morrow lindbergh
For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'.john greenleaf whittier
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