If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to blind, imprison, and destroy.
Writing is a voice that calls us from dreams that peeks out of the corner of our eyes when we think no one is looking the longing that breaks our hearts even when we think we should be happiest and to which we cannot give a name.
Take care that you never spell a word wrong. Always before you write a word, consider how it is spelled, and, if you do not remember, turn to a dictionary. It produces great praise to a lady to spell well.
Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.
Put the argument into a concrete shape, into an image, some hard phrase, round and solid as a ball, which they can see and handle and carry home with them, and the cause is half won.
Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
If you believe as the Greeks did that man is at the mercy of the gods then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody’s mercy then you will probably write melodrama.