"What a writer brings to any story is an attitude…"
John Gregory Dunne
"Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go."
"The idea is to get the pencil moving quickly…Once you've got some words looking back at you, you can take two or three - throw them away and look for others." Bernard Malamud
"Write in recollection and amazement for yourself."
"If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." Toni Morrison
"To be clear is the first duty of a writer; to charm and to please are graces to be acquired later." Brander Matthews
"In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigor it will give to your style."
"…your reader is at least as bright as you are."
"…you have to develop a conscience and if on top of that you have talent so much the better. But if you have talent without conscience, you are just one of many thousand journalists."
F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Whether or not you write well, write bravely."
"The writer's duty is to keep on writing…"