"The great thing about writing is that you can do any goddamn thing you want. Sure there are rules but look at them as simple and adjustable guidelines."
"Never look down on someone unless you are helping them up."
"A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people."
"If you can't laugh at yourself, everyone else will do it for you."
~ Old English Proverb
"I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”
~ Harper Lee
"Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any."
~ Orson Scott
"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."
"It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way."
– Ernest Hemingway
"The best thing about being a fiction writer is that where the truth is inconvenient, I could veer away."
Kaui Hart Hemmings
"Ignorance though a hurdle carries with it a child-like optimistic outlook of the world while stupidity brings only failure, sorrow, and the inevitable making of the same mistakes over and over again."
"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it."
"Figure out what you love and chase after it with everything you've got. Life is too short to be bothered with anything else."
"A writer of fiction is really... a congenital liar who invents from his own knowledge or that of other men."
"If you like to read, sometimes it's interesting just to go and see what the reality is, of the word, of the seedy or not so seedy fiction writer, the drunk or sober poet... Sometimes you can go looking for illumination."
"All autobiography is storytelling; all writing is autobiography."
J. M. Coetzee
"I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn."
"What a writer can do, what a fiction writer or a poet or an essay writer can do is re-engage people with their own humanity."
"I was 12. Our, teacher made us write an autobiography and I realized that I wasn't very interesting. I began to make things up, and that's when I thought maybe I was a writer, or at least a fiction writer."
John Burnham Schwartz
"To say that creative writing courses are all useless is almost as silly as saying all editors are useless. Writers of all levels can benefit from other instructive voices."
"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."
~ Stephen King
"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect."
"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!"
"Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense."
"A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity."
"Fiction is lies; we're writing about people who never existed and events that never happened when we write fiction, whether its science fiction or fantasy or western mystery stories or so-called literary stories. All those things are essentially untrue. But it has to have a truth at the core of it."
George R. R. Martin
“A writer is simply a photographer of thoughts.”
Brandon A. Trean
"Do what you will, this world's a fiction and is made up of contradiction."
"They got the guns, but we got the numbers. Gonna win we are taking over."
"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.