Saturday, October 30, 2021
Friday, October 29, 2021
Monday, October 25, 2021
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Don't be a writer. Be writing.
The cat sat on the mat is not a story. The cat sat on the other cat's mat is a story.
—John le Carré
Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
The mere habit of writing, of constantly keeping at it, of never giving up, ultimately teaches you how to write.
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Work finally begins when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly.
—Alain de Botton
Let the readers do some of the work themselves.
Monday, October 18, 2021
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Friday, October 15, 2021
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
The idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me is just bliss.
I try to pull the language into such a sharpness that it jumps off the page…. It must look easy, but it takes me forever.
Sing your song. Dance your dance. Tell your tale. Inspire them.
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Friday, October 8, 2021
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write.
You need that conviction that you are brilliant, this is the greatest idea that anybody has ever had, and that by writing it you will set the world on fire.
All drama is conflict. Without conflict, there is no action. Without action, there is no character. Without character, there is no story. And without story, there is no screenplay.
The only thing that makes one an artist is making art. And that requires the precise opposite of hanging out; a deeply lonely and unglamorous task of tolerating oneself long enough to push something out.
The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt.
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.