To live a creative life we must first lose the fear of being wrong.
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
A writer can do nothing for men more necessary, satisfying, than just simply to reveal to them the infinite possibilities of their own souls.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.
“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.
If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.
I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
Instead of following the rules without regard for whether they’re making our writing effective or not, we often need to question the rules. To write with style, we need at times to break the rules.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
I really think that if there’s any one enemy to human creativity, especially creative writing, it’s self-consciousness.
Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.
If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic.
Challenge yourself with something you know you could never do, and what you’ll find is that you can overcome anything.
Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.
A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer.