So here's a collection of my personal favorite quotes on writing. I hope you find some of them interesting or helpful, and share some of your favorites.
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass
The reason one writes isn't the fact he wants to say something. He writes because he has something to say.
~F. Scott Fitzgerald
Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer.
Writing is only boring to the people who are boring themselves.
I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.
If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster.
Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you're doomed.
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.
~E. L. Doctorow
When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen.
God sells us all things at the price of the labor.
~Leonardo da Vinci
Fiction writers, present company included, don't understand very much about what they do - not why it works when it's good, not why it doesn't when it's bad.
You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you're maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones.
If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write.
First, find out what your hero wants. Then just follow him.
I never started from ideas but always from character.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
Your stuff starts out being just for you… but then it goes out. Once you know what the story is and get it right - as right as you can, anyway - it belongs to anyone who wants to read it. Or criticize it.
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you