It’s one thing for a man not to know, not to have learned; it’s another not to be able to live by what one does know.
First drafts are for learning what your novel or story is about. Revision is working with that knowledge to enlarge and enhance an idea, to re-form it…. The first draft of a book is the most uncertain-where you need guts, the ability to accept the imperfect until it is better.
You write by sitting down and writing. There’s no particular time or place—you suit yourself, your nature. How one works, assuming he’s disciplined, doesn’t matter.
For misery don’t blame God. He gives the food but we cook it.
Teach yourself to work in uncertainty.
Politics isn’t in my nature.
If you don’t hear His voice so let Him hear yours. When prayers go up blessings descend.
Nationality isn’t soul.
A writer has to surprise himself to be worth reading.
… it’s possible to let love fly by like a cloud in a windy sky if one is too timid, or perhaps unable to believe he is entitled to good fortune.
All my life I wanted to accomplish something worthwhile-a thing people will say took a little something.
Those who write about life, reflect about life. you see in others who you are.