|Tales from the Loop|
Writers feel the grammar rather than knowing it. This comes from good reading. If you read enough, the grammar will come.
Writing is hard work. A clear sentence is no accident. Very few sentences come out right the first time, or even the third time.
Inspect your “hads” and see if you really need them.
There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you.
I never forget that the average man, from the fields, the streets, the bars, the offices and even the gutters of his country, has acquired a vividness of speech that goes beyond anything I could invent.
—James M. Cain
Drama is life with the dull parts cut out.
A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.
There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money either.
If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write.
Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.