"The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book."

— Walt Whitman

"You expect far too much of a first sentence. Think of it as analogous to a good country breakfast: what we want is something simple, but nourishing to the imagination."

— Larry McMurtry

"You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write."

— Saul Bellow

"A very good editor is almost a collaborator."

— Ken Follett

"A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”

— William Styron

"Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall."

— Ray Bradbury

"Books...are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with 'em, then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.”

— Dorothy Sayers

"Here I am, where I ought to be. A writer must have a place where he or she feels this, a place to love and be irritated with."

— Louise Erdich

Wordcrafts' Quotes

Show, Don't Tell

"Don't say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream."

Mark Twain

Creating from Chaos

"Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos."

— Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

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