My attitudes have changed, but somebody would have to read all my books to find out how they have.
The last paragraph, in which you tell what the story is about, is almost always best left out.
A good editor understands what you're talking and writing about and doesn't meddle too much.
In the theater, characters have to cut the umbilical cord from the writer and talk in their own voices.
A writer has to live with a sense of honor.
There are too many books I haven't read, too many places I haven't seen, too many memories I haven't kept long enough.
I imagine that my characters have become much more complicated than when I first began, which would be normal.
Ernest Hemingway did a great deal toward making the writer an acceptable public figure; obviously, he was no sissy.
I'm not as hopeful as I was when I was young.
No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys it, even if he doesn't get paid.
Writing for the theater, you find yourself living a nocturnal life.
Writing is like a contact sport, like football. You can get hurt, but you enjoy it.
At the height of the McCarthy period, writers were being hounded.
I never drink while I'm working, but after a few glasses I get ideas that would never have occurred to me dead sober.
People who light up like Roman candles come down in the dark very quickly.
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