If I chance to talk a little wild, forgive me.
It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
Like stones, words are laborious and unforgiving, and the fitting of them together, like the fitting of stones, demands great patience and strength of purpose and particular skill.
Most writers regard truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.
My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.
Charles Caleb Colton
Our admiration of fine writing will always be in proportion to its real difficulty and its apparent ease.
Poets need not go to Niagara to write about the force of falling water.
Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.
Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.