Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes.
- JOHN LE CARRÉ
Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU
Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear.
"A writer is committed to trying to make sense of life. It's a search…”
"Do good work and put it where people can see it. That’s the only real secret…”
Why has the South produced so many good writers? Because we got beat.
You can solve most of your writing problems if you stop after
every sentence and ask: What does the reader need to know next?”
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
“It took me four (four!) novels before I wrote one that was deemed salable…”
The writing I tend to think of as “good” is good because it’s mysterious.
A piece of writing has to seduce the reader, it has to suspend disbelief and earn the reader's trust.
- PO BRONSON
Drink, fuck and smoke plenty of cigarettes.
You can’t just write and write and put things in a drawer. They wither without the warm sun of... appreciation.
ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH
Don’t live with a lover or roommate who doesn’t respect your work.
The reviewer always has hold of the wrong horror.
Characters are not created by writers. They pre-exist and have to be found.
A Writer Tries to Make Sense of Life: “Just keep at it, bit by bit, always, always, speaking to yourself kindly…”
The ideal attitude [for biographers] is mild affection.