The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
There’s nothing to writing; All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.
—Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith
So write…Not like a girl. Not like a boy. Write like a motherf****r.
Achieving success is like wrestling a gorilla: You don’t quit when you’re tired, you quit when the gorilla is tired.
Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like paté.
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.
My language is the common prostitute that I turn into a virgin.
Write your first draft with your heart. Re-write with your head.
Good writing is rewriting.
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.
I really think that if there’s any one enemy to human creativity, especially creative writing, it’s self-consciousness.
—Andre Dubus III
To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.
My experience of life is that it is not divided up into genres; it’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you’re lucky.
―Alan Moore (shout-out to my fellow genre-benders)
You don’t want to just tell your character’s story; you want to tell their truth.