"The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with."
"The good writer, the great writer, has what I have called the three S's: the power to see, to sense, and to say. That is, he is perceptive, he is feeling, and he has the power to express in language what he observes and reacts to."
Lawrence Clark Powell
"Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron, which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience."
Henry David Thoreau
"Through joy and through sorrow, I wrote. Through hunger and through thirst, I wrote. Through good report and through ill report, I wrote. Through sunshine and through moonshine, I wrote. What I wrote it is unnecessary to say."
Edgar Allan Poe
"What is needed is, in the end, simply this: solitude, great inner solitude. Going into yourself and meeting no one for hours on end - that is what you must be able to attain."
Rainer Maria Rilke
"The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book."
"It is my ambition to say in ten sentences; what others say in a whole book."
"Writing crystallizes thought and thought produces action."
Paul J. Meyer
"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out."
"In the beginning you may be writing around what you want to say instead of getting to the core. Keep writing. The route may be circuitous but after you zero in on what you truly want to say, you'll see that during all those false starts and detoured storylines, you weren't wasting time, as you feared. You were developing as a writer, developing a discerning eye and ear, finding your own voice, learning to respect self-imposed deadlines."