A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.
– Richard Bach
A hack is on the constant hunt for ‘ideas’ for his plots or ‘new angles.’ The real writer is haunted by a plot which he must write out of inner necessity. He is impervious to suggestions.
– Edmund Bergler
However great a man’s natural talent may be, the art of writing cannot be learned all at once.
– Jean Jacques Rousseau
Everyone who works in the domain of fiction is a bit crazy. The problem is to render this craziness interesting.
– Francois Truffaut
Any writer overwhelmingly honest about pleasing himself is almost sure to please others.
– Marianne Moore
How can you write if you can’t cry?