"The writer has to have patience, the perseverance to just sit there alone and grind It out. And if it’s not worth doing that, then he doesn’t want to write."
- Elmore Leonard
"It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style."
— P. D. James
"If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it."
- Elmore Leonard
"The bottom line is this: Write less, not more."
- Jeff Goins
"Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something – anything – down on paper."
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Show up, show up, show up, and after a while, the muse shows up too."
- Isabel Allende
"Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water."
- Kurt Vonnegut
"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass."
- Anton Chekhov
"You have to simply love writing, and you have to remind yourself often that you love it."
- Susan Orlean
" If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful."
- Ray Bradbury
“Good writing is remembering detail. Most people want to forget. Don’t forget things that were painful or embarrassing or silly. Turn them into a story that tells the truth.”
- Paula Danziger
“Two questions form the foundation of all novels: ‘What if?’ and ‘What next?’"
- Tom Clancy
"I do not rewrite unless I am absolutely sure that I can express the material better if I do rewrite it.”
- William Faulkner
“In truth, I never consider the audience for whom I’m writing. I just write what I want to write.”
- J K Rowling
"Prose is architecture, not interior decoration."
- Ernest Hemingway
"If you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you."
- Madeleine L'Engle
"Start telling the stories that only you can tell."
- Neil Gaiman
"Good novels are produced by people who voluntarily isolate themselves and go deep, and report from the depths on what they find."
- Jonathan Franzen
"Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish."
- John Steinbeck