I think the hard work of writing is just how long a book is terrible before it’s good.
Words are a puzzle; put them together the right way and you get something beautiful.
A young writer is easily tempted by the allusive and ethereal and ironic and reflective, but the declarative is at the bottom of most good writing.
I don’t write a book so that it will be the final word; I write a book so that other books are possible, not necessarily written by me.
A great writer reveals the truth even when he or she does not wish to.
Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.