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There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) British novelist and playwright.

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.

Socrates (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens

I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it.

William Faulkner (1897-1962) American novelist and short-story writer.

A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.

William Faulkner (1897-1962) American novelist and short-story writer.

A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.

Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962) French philosopher and poet.


I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.

Truman Capote (1924-1984) American author.

You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to say.

Unknown Source

This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back in again.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist and essayist.