Always speak Truth to Power, once you’re sure Power isn’t going to option your novel.
If it had been your exact thought you would have used my exact words.
Prose should rarely be poetic, and poetry never.
The writer proposes: the reader disposes.
Never read your old writing. It will displease you, or worse, please you.
The danger of writing to a schedule is sloppy, repetitive, inflated work; the danger of not writing to a schedule is no work.
Universal literacy guarantees an imbecile press.
To write something that could not have been written any other way usually takes several drafts.
The distinctive modern contribution to language has been the acronym.
Most write to make themselves heard; I write to shut others up.
Gross intolerance of unpopular opinion may do for literature what the Hays Code did for movies: one must be clever when one cannot be frank.