"I think the first duty of all art, including fiction of any kind, is to entertain. That is to say, to hold interest. No matter how worthy the message of something, if it's dull, you're just not communicating."
"I asked Ring Lardner the other day how he writes his short stories, and he said he wrote a few widely separated words or phrases on a piece of paper and then went back and filled in the spaces."
"It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page."
"Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret."
"I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly."
Edgar Rice Burroughs
"Those who write clearly have readers. Those who write obscurely have commentators."
"The virtue of books is to be readable."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Every writer I know has trouble writing."
"Tediousness is the most fatal of all faults."
"When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing."
Enrique Jardiel Poncela