In America, only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what a writer is
You cannot be a good writer of serious fiction if you are not depressed
A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.
A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction.
The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and no other task is of any consequence.
A writer and nothing else: a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right.
All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer. It's an aphrodisiac.
The obscurity of a writer is generally in proportion to his incapacity.
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot...reading is the creative center of a writer's life...you cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.
The only way for writers to meet is to share a quick peek over a common lamp-post.
Every writer since the beginning of time, just like other people, has been afflicted by what [a] friend of mine calls "the fleas of life"-you know, colds, hangovers, bills, sprained ankles and little nuisances of one sort or another.
The career of a writer is comparable to that of a woman of easy virtue. You write first for pleasure, later for the pleasure of others and finally for money.
If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.
Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.
A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others
If you are a writer you locate yourself behind a wall of silence and no matter what you are doing, driving a car or walking or doing housework you can still be writing, because you have that space.
Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.
You become a good writer just as you become a good joiner: by planing down your sentences
What no wife of a writer understands is that a writer is working when he's staring out the window.
When a writer talks about his work, he's talking about a love affair.
Asking a writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp post how it feels about dogs
At first critics classified authors as Ancients, that is to say, Greek and Latin authors, and Moderns, that is to say, every post-Classical Author. Then they classified them by eras, the Augustans, the Victorians, etc., and now they classify them by decades, the writers of the '30's, '40's, etc. Very soon, it seems, they will be labeling authors, like automobiles, by the year.
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