You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.
Octavia E. Butler
In my writing, as much as I could, I tried to find the good, and praise it.
A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
W. Somerset Maugham
Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.
Jorge Luis Borges
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.
Writers are not here to conform. We are here to challenge. We're not here to be comfortable—we're here, really, to shake things up. That's our job.
Every writer I know has trouble writing.
To write something you have to risk making a fool of yourself.
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.
If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.