A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
– THOMAS MANN
Easy reading is darn hard writing.
– NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
– ISAAC ASIMO
I try to leave out the parts that people skip.
– ELMORE LEONARD
To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make.
– TRUMAN CAPOTE
If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
– TONI MORRISO
I don’t take notes.
I don’t outline.
I don’t do anything like that.
I just flail away at the goddamned thing . . . I’m a salami writer.
I try to write good salami, but salami is salami.
You can’t sell it as caviar.
I like to think of some scene, it doesn’t matter how crazy, and work backward and forward from it until eventually it becomes quite plausible and fits neatly into the story.
I’ve just finished another novel, in fact . . . It really is funny. It’s worked out awfully well.
I’m rather worried about the next one. It will be a letdown almost.
I don’t want to be like Bernard Shaw. He turned out some awfully bad stuff in his nineties. He said he knew the stuff was bad but he couldn’t stop writing.
~ Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (a/k/a P.G. Wodehouse)
If writers stopped writing about what happened to them, then there would be a lot of empty pages.