Ten of my favourite quotes on how to be a writer:
A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.
- Richard Bach
Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, social networking, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.
- E. L. Doctorow (with apologies; I added the bit about social networking)
Try to leave out all the parts readers skip.
- Elmore Leonard
If you’re going to make a living at this business - more importantly, if you’re going to write anything that will last - you have to realise that a lot of the time, you’re going to be writing without inspiration. The trick is to write just as well without it as with. Of course, you write less readily and fluently without it; but . . . amateurs think that if they were inspired all the time, they could be professionals. Professional know that if they relied on inspiration, they’d be amateurs.
- Philip Pullman
Never give up. Just absolutely never give up.
- Shane Warne. He was talking about cricket but the principle applies...
Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I'm not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.
- Neil Gaiman
Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.
- Stephen King
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
- Anton Checkhov
Writing is mostly rewriting.
- don't know who said this; probably lots of people
You fail only if you stop writing.
- Ray Bradbury
There were obviously many more I could have added. Do you have any favourites of your own to share?