One nice thing about putting the thing away for a couple of months before looking at it is that you start appreciate your own wit. Of course, this can be carried too far. But it's kind of cool when you crack up a piece of writing, and then realize you wrote it. I recommend this feeling.
For me, writing is exploration; and most of the time, I'm surprised where the journey takes me.
Writing is a cop-out. An excuse to live perpetually in fantasy land, where you can create, direct and watch the products of your own head. Very selfish.
Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.
Writing wasn’t easy to start. After I finally did it, I realized it was the most direct contact possible with the part of myself I thought I had lost, and which I constantly find new things from. Writing also includes the possibility of living many lives as well as living in any time or world possible. I can satisfy my enthusiasm for research, but jump like a calf outside the strict boundaries of science. I can speak about things that are important to me and somebody listens. It’s wonderful!
If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.
Eighty percent of success is showing up.
Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.
Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the yard and shot it.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
I'm very proud of my flops, as much as of my successes.
Francis Ford Coppola
Try not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value.
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
T. S. Eliot
Success comes to a writer, as a rule, so gradually that it is always something of a shock to him to look back and realize the heights to which he has climbed.
P. G. Wodehouse