Everything that doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. And later on you can use it in some story.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don't see any.
Orson Scott Card
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
All good ideas arrive by chance.
And if I have to be a thieving, immoral crow in order to write a book, then by God, I'll grow black feathers on my fanny and croak as loud as I can.
If you’re going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
How vain it is to sit down to write if you have not stood up to live.
Henry David Thoreau
If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing.
The writer who cares more about words than about story – characters, action, setting, atmosphere – is unlikely to create a vivid and continuous dream; he gets in his own way too much; in his poetic drunkenness, he can't tell the cart – and its cargo – from the horse.
It's better to write about things you feel than about things you know about.
L P. Hartley
Short stories can be rather stark and bare unless you put in the right details. Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.
V. S. Pritchett
I keep six honest serving men
They taught me all I knew;
Their names are What and Why and When
and How and Where and Who.
Many modern novels have a beginning, a muddle and an end.
Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
Put tenderness into your words when you speak,
for then they will fall like seeds in the warm ground.
Do not use harsh words, for they shatter.
Only rocks can take hammering.
What you said hurt me very much. I cried all the way to the bank.
...after cruel criticism
I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die.
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