"All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer."
"Be passionate about what you write, believe in your ability to convey timeless ideas, and let no one tell you what what you’re capable of."
"When you write, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story."
"Most short stories have but one plot. The very best, however, have what I call a plot-and-a-half – that is, a main plot and a small subplot that feeds in a twist or an unexpected piece of business that ads crunch and flavor to the story as a whole."
"A writer is a world trapped in a person."
"Writing in a journal is just a stall, a waiting game, a way to tell yourself that you’re working when you’re not, that you’re doing something of value when you’re just using up paper, that you’re a writer when in fact you’re just going through the motions of one. Look at me! I have blank paper in front of me—and now I’m filling it, with words!"
"Learn to write by doing it. Read widely and wisely. Increase your word power. Find your own individual voice though practicing constantly. Go through the world with your eyes and ears open and learn to express that experience in words."
All that matters is that you care enough to write it.
"To read a novel is to wonder constantly, even at moments when we lose ourselves most deeply in the book: How much of this is fantasy, and how much is real?"
— What Our Minds Do When We Read Novels
by Orhan Pamuk (via treesofreverie
"Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures. No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh."