Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Quotes of the Week
Repeat the mantra: Writing is when I make the words. Editing is when I make them not shitty.
A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build toward it.
—Edgar Allan Poe
Nothing teaches you as much about writing dialogue as listening to it.
Style is a very simple matter; it is all rhythm. Once you get that, you can’t use the wrong words.
Writers don’t have lifestyles. They sit in little rooms and write.
No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever.
Don’t ever write anything you don’t like yourself and if you do like it, don’t take anyone else’s advice about changing it. They just don’t know.
Be willing and unafraid to write badly, because often the bad stuff clears the way for good, or forms a base on which to build something better.
The way I write is really like putting one foot in front of the other. I really let the characters do most of the work, they start talking and they just lead the way.
If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.