"Imagination grows by exercise."
-W. Somerset Maugham
"Becoming the reader is the essence of becoming a writer."
"Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the most. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window."
"The first thing you have to consider when writing a novel is your story, and then your story—and then your story!"
-Ford Madox Ford
"Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer."
"However great a man's natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once."
-Jean Jacques Rousseau
"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader."
"The best antidote to writer's block is ... to write."
-Henriette Anne Klauser