Thursday, November 26, 2020
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
—W. Somerset Maugham
Remember we are mortal, but poetry is not.
Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. Just do it and the confidence will follow.
The terrible thing about being a writer is that you don’t decide to become one, you discover that you are one.
You have to resign yourself to wasting lots of trees before you write anything really good.
I am not responsible for the ideas and opinions that my characters express.
We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
Remember to get the weather in your damn book — weather is very important.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
I went on vacation last week. We rented a historic log cabin outside Ashville NC. It had a giant fieldstone fireplace and we had fires every morning and evening.
It refreshes my soul to get away. Go places I've never been. See new things.
On this trip, we went to the Biltmore Estate and gardens. Wow.
It was a real inspiration for writing...
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Good artists borrow, great artists steal
The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean.
—Robert Louis Stevenson
Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down.
Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day.
Write. Then write some more. And never be afraid to revise, scrap, or take criticism. That's the only way to learn…
The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt.
You fail only if you stop writing.
You can't blame a writer for what the characters say.
You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
—George Bernard Shaw
Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Monday, November 16, 2020
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.
Write even when you don't want to, don't much like what you are writing, and aren't writing particularly well.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.
The function of science fiction is not always to predict the future but sometimes to prevent it.
I do not write with ease, nor am I ever pleased with anything I write. And so I rewrite.
An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because the people fail to see it.
—James A. Michener
I'm a writer and, therefore, automatically a suspicious character.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Monday, November 9, 2020
Friday, November 6, 2020
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always.
If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside you.
Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent.
Get your facts first then you may distort them as you please.
There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.
Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
Talent is extremely common. What is rare is the willingness to endure the life of the writer.
I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.