Thursday, March 21, 2019
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it.
Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly, sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.
Writing is not about the voices in your head, but the voices that make the great leap to the page.
Write like it matters, and it will.
You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Don't write with a pen. Ink tends to give the impression the words shouldn't be changed.
I sweat blood to make my style simple and stripped bare.
I am not responsible for the ideas and opinions that my characters express.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Sometimes a flat-footed sentence is what serves, so you don’t get all writerly: “He opened the door.” There, it’s open.
Work finally begins when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly.
—Alain de Botton
Dialogue has to create a life. It has to be self-sustaining. Conversation is definitely not dialogue.
Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance.