When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
After you finish a book, you know, you’re dead. But no one knows you’re dead. All they see is the irresponsibility that comes in after the terrible responsibility of writing.
You can write any time people will leave you alone and not interrupt you. Or, rather, you can if you will be ruthless enough about it. But the best writing is certainly when you are in love.
Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.
I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.
If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.
I’ve tried to reduce profanity but I reduced so much profanity when writing the book that I’m afraid not much could come out. Perhaps we will have to consider it simply as a profane book and hope that the next book will be less profane or perhaps more sacred.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.
A writer of fiction is really… a congenital liar who invents from his own knowledge or that of other men.