Douglas Adams
“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” ― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

Maya Angelou
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou

Madeleine L'Engle
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” ― Madeleine L'Engle

Ernest Hemingway
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ― Ernest Hemingway

Maya Angelou
“A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” ― Maya Angelou

J.D. Salinger
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.” ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Mark Twain
“Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” ― Mark Twain

Stephen King
“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King

Toni Morrison
“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison

Mark Twain
“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” ― Mark Twain, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain: A Book of Quotations

Saul Bellow
“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” ― Saul Bellow

Oscar Wilde
“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Lloyd Alexander
“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.” ― Lloyd Alexander

Anaïs Nin
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ― Anaïs Nin

Sylvia Plath “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt


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