It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.
I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.
Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.
Writing is its own reward.
Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.
Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
—William B. Sprague
― Maya Angelou
― Madeleine L'Engle
― Louis L'Amour
― Stephen King