"You can be a little ungrammatical if you come from the right part of the country."
"Never trust the artist. Trust the tale."
"Caress the detail, the divine detail."
"Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better."
"The first draft of anything is sh*t."
"Use the right word and not its second cousin."
"Real writers are those who want to write, need to write, have to write."
Robert Penn Warren
"You only learn to be a better writer by actually writing."
"A woman must have money and room of her own if she is to write fiction."
"Stick to the point."
W. Somerset Maugham
"Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time…The wait is simply too long."
Leonard S. Bernstein
"The duty and the task of a writer are those of an interpreter."
"I seat myself at the typewriter and hope, and lurk."
"The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting."
"Planning to write is not writing. Outlining…researching…talking to people about what you're doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing."