Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Quotes of the Week
—W. Somerset Maugham
Repeat the mantra: #Writing is when I make the words. #Editing is when I make them not shitty.
Write books only if you say in them things you would not dare confide to anyone.
It doesn't have to be the truth, just your vision of it, written down.
A writer needs three things: experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.
The writer's job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.
Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly, sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.
If I waited until I felt like writing, I'd never write at all.
I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.
It's a folk singer's job to comfort disturbed people and to disturb comfortable people