S.F. Tomajczyk

American Author and Poet



  • Our abilities as writers, poets and artisans are God's gift to us. What we do with them is our gift to God.

  • Don't follow your dream, CHASE it!

  • To succeed, you must take risks. So dream big and reach for the stars! If you only reach for the roof, you'll never get off the ground.

  • Write every day. You don't have to be perfect; just get it out of you. You can edit later.

  • What you are going to be tomorrow, you are becoming today.

  • Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses.

  • The best ideas are hidden in unusual places. Get up, go out and look for them.

  • Be patient. Persevere. Most writers underestimate the time it takes to achieve something of value.


“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
Richard Bach

“Published writers still struggle with the writing process.”
Laurence Pringle

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
Ernest Hemingway

“Writing a novel is like building a wall brick by brick.”
Frank Yerby

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
Stephen King

“Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it, just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.”
William Faulkner

“You don’t write because you want to say something; you write because you have something to say.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Ideas are the cheapest part of writing. They are free. The hard part is what you do with ideas you’ve gathered.”
¬Jane Yolen

“I try to leave out the parts that people skip.”
Elmore Leonard

“Make ‘em laugh, make ‘em cry, make ‘em wait.”
Charles Reade (recipe for a successful novel)

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
E. L. Doctorow

“I can’t write five words but that I change seven.”
Dorothy Parker

“The wastepaper basket is the writer’s best friend.”
Isaac B. Singer

“When you catch an adjective, kill it.”
Mark Twain

“For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.”
Catherine Drinker Bowen

“Writing every day is a way of keeping the engine running, and then something good may come out of it.”
T. S. Eliot

“What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he’s staring out of the window.”
Burton Rascoe

“Ninety percent of the work of writing is internal, and only ten percent happens at the typewriter.”

“Writer’s block is a misnomer. What’s called writer’s block is almost always fear.”
Tom Wolfe

“It’s nervous work. The state you need to write in is the state that others are paying large sums to get rid of.”
Shirley Hazzard

“Planning to write is not writing. Outlining a book is not writing. Researching is not writing. Talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.”
E. L. Doctorow

“A good title should be like a good metaphor; it should intrigue without being too baffling or too obvious.”
Walker Percy

“I always know the ending; that’s where I start.”
Toni Morrison

“Be persistent. Editors change; tastes change; editorial markets change. Too many beginning writers give up too easily.”
John Jakes

“Success comes to a writer, as a rule, so gradually that it is always something of a shock to him to look back and realize the heights to which he has climbed.”
P. G. Wodehouse

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