Wednesday, June 29, 2022
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
The first time I appeared on stage, I really didn’t know what all the yelling was about. I didn’t realize that my body was moving. It’s a natural thing to me. I asked my manager backstage, ‘What’d I do? What’d I do?’ And he said, ‘Whatever it is, go back and do it again.’
When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.
Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.
When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.
Everything can nourish the writer. The dictionary, a new word, a voyage, an encounter...a book, a phrase learned.
The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
I'll be writing records until I'm dead, whether people like it or not.
Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
—E. L. Doctorow
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
If your book doesn't keep you up nights writing it, it won't keep anyone up nights reading it.
—James A. Michener
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.
Happiness is pursuing work that sustains the spirit.
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
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.
Philosophy for a Happy Life—
Someone to love, something to look forward to,
and something to do
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Monday, June 13, 2022
Saturday, June 11, 2022
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
I have found that a story leaves a deeper impression when it is impossible to tell which side the author is on.
Freedom is...the right to write the wrong words.
Don't use no double negatives.
Never use a preposition to end a sentence with.
The passive voice should never be employed.
You should not use a big word when a diminutive would suffice.
About those sentence fragments.
Avoid clichés like the plague.
Don’t describe it, show it. That’s what I try to teach all young writers—take it out! Don’t describe a purple sunset, make me see that it is purple.
You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly. You can’t write regularly and well. One should accept bad #writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well.
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.
You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.
Monday, June 6, 2022
Saturday, June 4, 2022
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.
The first person you should think of pleasing, in writing a book, is yourself. If you can amuse yourself for the length of time it takes to write a book, the publishers and the readers can and will come later.
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
We all have time machines, don't we, those that take us back are memories...And those that carry us forward are dreams.