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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.

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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 ...
I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.
The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.
You’ve got to write badly. If you write badly at least you’ve got something to rewrite. If you’re scared to write badly, then you’ve got not...
You like to write. It’s the single most important quality for someone who wants to be a writer. But not in itself enough.
Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can...
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 wh...
Rules such as ‘Write what you know,’ and ‘Show, don’t tell,’ while doubtlessly grounded in good sense, can be ...
In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.
Write with abandon and no constraints for first draft. Cut brutally and save in separate files on second draft. Add conflict; don’t be afrai...
There is no shame in being hungry for another person. There is no shame in wanting very much to share your life with somebody.