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The best way to become a successful writer is to read good writing, remember it, and then forget where you remember it from.

Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.
I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.
The need to express oneself in writing springs from a mal-adjustment to life, or from an inner conflict which the adolescent (or the grown man) cannot resolve in action. Those to whom action comes as easily as breathing rarely feel the need to break loose from the real, to rise above, and describe it... I do not mean that it is enough to be maladjusted to become a great writer, but writing is, for some, a method of resolving a conflict, provided they have the necessary talent.
I write in order to attain that feeling of tension relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk.
Like stones, words are laborious and unforgiving, and the fitting of them together, like the fitting of stones, demands great patience and strength of purpose and particular skill.
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
Let's face it, writing is hell.
The writer has a grudge against society, which he documents with accounts of unsatisfying sex, unrealized ambition, unmitigated loneliness, and a sense of local and global distress. The square, overpopulation, the bourgeois, the bomb and the cocktail party are variously identified as sources of the grudge. There follows a little obscenity here, a dash of philosophy there, considerable whining overall, and a modern satirical novel is born.
Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders.
All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer. It's an aphrodisiac.
The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up, because by that time I was too famous.
Essential characteristic of the really great novelist: a Christ-like, all-embracing compassion.
He who cannot limit himself will never know how to write.
Writing is more than anything a compulsion, like some people wash their hands thirty times a day for fear of awful consequences if they do not. It pays a whole lot better than this type of compulsion, but it is no more heroic.
The only living works are those which have drained much of the author's own life into them.
To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.
I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.
An author is often obscure to the reader because they proceed from the thought to expression than like the reader from the expression to the thought.
Any man who can write a page of living prose adds something to our life, and the man who can, as I can, is surely the last to resent someone who can do it even better. An artist cannot deny art, nor would he want to. A lover cannot deny love.
The more books we read, the clearer it becomes that the true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and that no other task is of any consequence.
Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.
He who does not expect a million readers should not write a line.
If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.
Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years.
I am always at a loss at how much to believe of my own stories.
I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.
People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them that I have the heart of a small boy -- and I keep it in a jar on my desk.
It's hard enough to write a good drama, it's much harder to write a good comedy, and it's hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.
Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.
Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book, and does.
For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity.
If I had more time I would write a shorter letter.
I would love to spend all my time writing to you; I'd love to share with you all that goes through my mind, all that weighs on my heart, all that gives air to my soul; phantoms of art, dreams that would be so beautiful if they could come true.