A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.
Fiction is a lie, and good fiction is the truth inside the lie.
Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind.
If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
Henry David Thoreau
Truth is stranger then Fiction, but it is because Fiction is bliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.
Mark Twain in Pudd'nheadWilson's New Calendar (1897)
To hold a pen is to be at war.
I see the notion of talent as quite irrelevant. I see instead perseverance, application, industry, assiduity, will, will, will, desire, desire, desire.
You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.