Stephen King’s book On Writing is a memoir mixed with advice about writing as a profession. I enjoyed reading it and learned a good deal as well.
My favorite quotes from the book:
Life isn’t a support-system for art. It’s the other way around.
Fear is the root of most bad writing.
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
Good description is a learned skill, one of the prime reasons why you cannot succeed unless you read a lot and write a lot.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside. – Maya Angelou
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. – Earnest Hemingway
If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. – Stephen King
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live. – Henry David Thoreau
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. – Anne Frank
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. – William Wordsworth