Quotes (5)

If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.
Woody Allen

Eighty percent of success is showing up.
Woody Allen

By writing much, one learns to write well. 
Robert Southey

A short story can be held in the mind all in one piece. It's less like a building than a fiendish device. Every bit of it must be cunningly made and crafted to fit together perfectly and without waste so it can perform its task with absolute precision. That purpose might be to move the reader to tears or wonder, to awaken the conscience, to console, to gladden, or to enlighten. But each short story has one chief purpose, and every sentence, phrase, and word is crafted to achieve that end. The ideal short story is like a knife - strongly made, well balanced, and with an absolute minimum of moving parts.
Michael Swanwick

The only way to learn to write is to write. 
Peggy Teeters

I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have. 
Leonardo da Vinci 
...as his last words

You never learn how to write a novel. You just learn how to write the novel that you're writing.
Gene Wolfe

It is my contention that a really great novel is made with a knife and not a pen. A novelist must have the intestinal fortitude to cut out even the most brilliant passage so long as it doesn't advance the story. 
Frank Yerby

A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print. 
Marguerite Yourcenar

Inside every fat book is a thin book trying to get out.