"You can feel good about failure. Failure means you did something. You finished the story even if it wasn’t what you’d hoped. Failure means you’re learning. Growing. Doing."
"Reject without regret whatever seems on reflection wrongheaded, dull, destructive, or irrelevant to your vision. It’s just as important to be able to discriminate between helpful and unhelpful criticism as it is to be able to write."
"People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it."
"It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly."
"Almost all good writing starts with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere."
"The benefits of attending a writing group, creative writing class, or writers conference are numerous and tangible: You learn about the craft, receive helpful feedback on your novel, hear words that inspire, and make professional contacts. But perhaps one of the best things about participating in one of these groups is, quite simply, being around people who like to talk about writing."
"One word after another.
That’s the only way that novels get written and, short of elves coming in the night and turning your jumbled notes into Chapter Nine, it’s the only way to do it.
So keep on keeping on. Write another word and then another."
"However great a man’s natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once."