When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but toward a vague spot a little to the east of Kansas…
Writing a novel is like driving a car at night…
Nothing bad can happen to a writer.
Everything is material.
~~Philip Roth, novelist
I asked Ring Lardner the other day how he writes his short stories…
These are God’s adjectives.
Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret of style. ~~Matthew Arnold, poet and critic, 1822-1888
If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster. ~~Isaac Asimov, science-fiction writer, 1920-1992 ....
The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. ~~Vladimir Nabakov, Russian novelist, 1899-1977 ....