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We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.
You who write, choose a subject suited to your abilities and think long and hard on what your powers are equal to and what they are unable to perform.
A writer and nothing else; a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right.
Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.
No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination.
Writing is the incurable itch that possesses many.
It requires more than mere genius to be an author.
I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.
I think it's bad to talk about one's present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension.
It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.
After all, most writing is done away from the typewriter, away from the desk. I'd say it occurs in the quiet, silent moments, while you're walking or shaving or playing a game, or whatever, or even talking to someone you're not vitally interested in.
All the world knows me in my book, and my book in me.
The only way out is the way through, just as you cannot escape from death except by dying. Being unable to write, you must examine in writing this being unable, which becomes for the present -- henceforth? -- the subject to which you are condemned.
Good novels are not written by orthodoxy-sniffers, nor by people who are conscience-stricken about their own orthodoxy. Good novels are written by people who are not frightened.
He is a man of thirty-five, but looks fifty. He is bald, has varicose veins and wears spectacles, or would wear them if his only pair were not chronically lost. If things are normal with him, he will be suffering from malnutrition, but if he has recently had a lucky streak, he will be suffering from a hangover. At present it is half past eleven in the morning, and according to his schedule he should have started work two hours ago; but even if he had made any serious effort to start he would have been frustrated by the almost continuous ringing of the telephone bell, the yells of the baby, the rattle of an electric drill out in the street, and the heavy boots of his creditors clumping up the stairs. The most recent interruption was the arrival of the second post, which brought him two circulars and an income tax demand printed in red. Needless to say this person is a writer.
Writers, you know, are the beggars of Western society.
Good writing excites me, and makes life worth living.
Good authors, too, who once knew better words now only use four-letter words writing prose... anything goes.
What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he's staring out of the window.
To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself.
The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and about all time.
You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.
A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
Paper and ink are all but trash, if I cannot find the thought which the writer did think.
The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
Writing is simple. First you have to make sure you have plenty of paper... sharp pencils... typewriter ribbon. Then put your belly up to your desk... roll a sheet of paper into the typewriter... and stare at it until beads of blood appear on your forehead.
Most bad books get that way because their authors are engaged in trying to justify themselves. If a vain author is an alcoholic, then the most sympathetically portrayed character in his book will be an alcoholic. This sort of thing is very boring for outsiders.
The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.
Once in seven years I burn all my sermons; for it is a shame if I cannot write better sermons now than I did seven years ago.
His style is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning. As a writer he has mastered everything except language.
A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.
Clutter is the disease of American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills and meaningless jargon.
Write even badly One day you will right well.
Whenever anyone asks for my autograph, I feel greatly honored. He or she is not only letting me know my work was worth buying and reading, but it's also worth commemorating.
I was an only child. I lost both my parents. By the time I was twenty I was bald. I'm homosexual. In the way of circumstances and background to transcend I had everything an artist could possibly want. It was practically a blueprint. I was programmed to be a novelist or a playwright. But I'm not.
A writer never reads his work. For him, it is the unreadable, a secret, and he cannot remain face to face with it. A secret, because he is separated from it.

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