"If it sounds like writing I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can't allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rythm of the narrative."
- Elmore Leonard
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."
- Oscar Wilde
"My trouble is I'm the sort of writer who only finds out what he's getting at
by the time he's got to the end of it."
- Christopher Fry
"It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly."
- C. J. Cherryh
"Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The difference between the right word and almost the right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
"For me the initial delight is in the surprise of remembering something I didn't know I knew. I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering"
- Robert Frost
Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire
“I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me."
- Ray Bradbury, WD
“Write while the heat is in you.
The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts
uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.”
- Henry David Thoreau
“Style is to forget all styles.”
- Jules Renard
Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
- Franz Kafka
"Writing poetry is a process of discovery... you can smell the poem before you see it
...Like some animal."
- Denise Levertov
"I only achieve simplicity with enormous effort."
- Clarice Lispector
“I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.”
- William Carlos Williams
"You never know when you begin a poem, what it has in store for you."
- Charles Simic
"If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write..."
- Anaïs Nin
"I can’t write five words but that I change seven."
- Dorothy Parker
"What I want to do in a poem is discover what it is that I have to say."
- Mark Strand
“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”
- Larry L. King
"Write what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open."
- Natalie Goldberg