- “A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom.”
- “One of the advantages of being dead, I guess, is that somebody else can edit all this.”
Hunter S. Thompson
- “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
- “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”
- “Write drunk, edit sober.”
Ernest Hemingway (attributed)
- “He regarded himself as an accomplished writer — a clear sign of madness in anyone.”
- “And I find – I’m 63, and my capacity to be by myself and just spend time by myself hasn’t diminished any. That’s the necessary part of being a writer, you better like being alone.”
- “Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.”
- “The economy of a novelist is a little like that of a careful housewife who is unwilling to throw away anything that might perhaps serve its turn. Perhaps the comparison is closer to the Chinese cook who leaves hardly any part of a duck unserved.”
- “You’ve got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.”
- It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.
Michele Martinelli is a London based writer, you can follow him on @Greatbites.