"In writing fiction, the more fantastic the tale, the plainer the prose should be. Don't ask your readers to admire your words when you want them to believe your story." - Ben Bova [ more quotes ]

"I always write about my own experiences, whether I've had them or not." - Ron Carlson

"Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing." - Sylvia Plath

"One of your first jobs, as you write for money, will be to get rid of your vocabulary." - Jack Woodford

"To write it, it took three months; to conceive it -- three minutes; to collect the data in it -- all my life." - F. Scott Fitzgerald

"A good many young writers make the mistake of including a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor." - Ring Lardner

"First drafts are for learning what your novel or story is about." - Bernard Malamud

"Those big-shot writers could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar." - Mickey Spillane

"I think one of the first things to go as people’s lives start to go down is their dreams. Dreams should be the last thing to go -- dreams are the things you go down with. If you’re left clinging to a piece of driftwood in the middle of the ocean, I’d put on it the word dreams." - Kevin Costner

"The best stories don't come from 'good vs. bad' but from 'good vs. good.'" - Leo Tolstoy

"Hollywood is the one place where you can die of encouragement." - Dorothy Parker

"Any writer worth the name is always getting into one thing or getting out of another thing." - Fannie Hurst

"It's none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way." -
Ernest Hemingway

"I've never had a patient on so many anti-depressants, and I've also never had a patient so dramatically under-medicated." - David Milch's (creator of "Deadwood") then physician, who was treating him for depression

"Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself." - Truman Capote

"Storytelling and copulation are the two chief forms of amusement in the South. They're inexpensive and easy to procure." - Robert Penn Warren

"I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don’t know what I did before that. Just loafed I suppose." -
P.G. Wodehouse

"What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure." - Samuel Johnson

"Books aren't written, they're rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it...." - Michael Crichton

"Yesterday Mr. Hall wrote that the printer's proof-reader was improving my punctuation for me, and I telegraphed orders to have him shot without giving him time to pray." - Mark Twain

"I think I ought to be shot for writing such nonsense, but it's questionably good escapist literature and I think I should rather like it if I were sitting in an air-raid shelter, or recovering from flu." - Georgette Heyer

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