The faster I write the better my output. If I'm going slow I'm in trouble. It means I'm pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.
It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
Henry Ward Beecher
All words are pegs to hang ideas on.
Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.
You cant wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
When I'm writing, I know I'm doing the thing I was born to do.
Asking a writer what he thinks about criticism is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.
T. S. Eliot
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me.
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