Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone.
Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.
The original writer is not he who does not imitate others, but he who can be imitated by none
The good writer, the great writer, has what I have called the three S's: the power to see, to sense, and to say. That is, he is perceptive, he is feeling, and he has the power to express in language what he observes and reacts to.
Even the best writer has to erase
Volume depends precisely on the writer's having been able to sit in a room every day, year after year, alone.
A writer is, after all, only half his book. The other half is the reader and from the reader the writer learns.
A writer who denies the need for structure in his work is like a squash player who claims his brilliance removes the need for a wall.
The art of BiographyIs different from Geography.Geography is about maps,But Biography is about chaps.
Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends and society are the natural enemies of a writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.
A memorandum is written to protect the writer - not to inform his reader.
Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great and original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished.
The writer is committed when he plunges to the very depths of himself with the intent to disclose, not his individuality, but his person in the complex society that conditions and supports him.
The writer's only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one... If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies.
The purpose of a writer is to be read, and the criticism which would destroy the power of pleasing must be blown aside
Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright.
Few things are more tempting to a writer than to repeat, admiringly, what he has said before
A born writer is born scrofulous; his career is an accident dictated by physical or circumstantial disabilities.
The writer who loses his self-doubt, who gives way as he grows old to a sudden euphoria, to prolixity, should stop writing immediately: the time has come for him to lay aside his pen.
When you're a writer you no longer see things with the freshness of the normal person. There are always two figures that work inside you.
When a writer knows home in his heart, his heart must remain subtly apart from it. He must always be a stranger to the place he loves, and its people.
Any writer worth the name is always getting into one thing or getting out of another thing.
The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.
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