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#Writing is something you do alone. It’s a profession for introverts who want to tell you a #story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it. JOHN GREEN #amwriting #writerslife
"Don’t, please don’t ever, ask well-meaning friends or family to critique your work. You may love and respect them dearly, but they cannot possibly give you expert or impartial advice. It will either be too gushing or too harsh..." bit.ly/3GmcnCx #amwriting #writetip
I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. ANNE FRANK #amwriting #writing #writelife
"The fact is they’re using made-up names, made-up people, made-up places, and made-up times, but they’re telling the truth about the human being..." bit.ly/3V0o3PP #amwriting #fiction #writing
I’m not a nervous person. I’m not afraid to be on TV. I’m only afraid when I write. When I’m at my desk I feel like most people would feel if they went on TV. FRAN LEBOWITZ #amwriting #writerslife
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. ERNEST HEMINGWAY #amwriting #fiction #writinglife
What’s so hard about the first #sentence is that you’re stuck with it. Everything else is going to flow out of that sentence. And by the time you’ve laid down the first two sentences, your options are all gone. JOAN DIDION #amwriting #writing #writingadvice
Exaggerate the essential, leave the obvious vague. VINCENT VAN GOGH #art #literature #painting #writing
I try to show what it is about #language and music that enthralls, because I think those are the two elements of #poetry. RITA DOVE #amwriting #writing
"Keep working on #craft. Read others’ #books, read #poetry, listen to music, learn about the art of #fiction itself, watch movies and television shows to understand different approaches to #storytelling..." bit.ly/3EvRJwT #amwriting #writing #writingadvice
An artist discovers his genius the day he dares not to please. ANDRE MALRAUX #art #literature #writing
Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER #amwriting #fiction #writing
"There comes that moment...when I’ve simply run out of creative ways not to be creative, and I’ll finally start to #write. But not before I take the time to sharpen my pencils to the point where they’re able to perform brain surgery..." bit.ly/3ifHxPr #amwriting
"The #sentence is not intended to show you off, you know. It is not supposed to be 'look at me! Look, no hands!' It’s supposed to be a pipeline between the reader and you..." bit.ly/3VfIcAT #amwriting #writing #writingadvice
"Don’t tack on the story’s meaning. Don’t moralize at the end. Don’t preach that final hallelujah..." bit.ly/3jfd4Qz #amwriting #fiction #writingtip
A #writer doesn’t need to go out and live, but stay home and invent. NED ROREM #RIP
"In time, you come to know that #voice well enough that you know how to emphasize it, enrich it..." bit.ly/3flBAhW #amwriting #writing #writingadvice
Sometimes I dream a #sentence and #write it down. It’s usually nonsense, but sometimes it seems a key to another world. ANNE CARSON #amwriting #writing #writinglife
"The work requires a deliberate cutting-off from other people; you have only yourself to depend on, because no one will do it for you; your income is uncertain; at the end of the process you surrender control, dependent on the judgment of strangers..." bit.ly/3fvtBPr
All #novels are about certain minorities; the individual is a minority. RALPH ELLISON #amwriting #fiction #writing
"Your #plot will of course reveal #character through conflict, but #novel readers are super nosy, so be sure to work out some characters’ personalities in detail..." bit.ly/3s7oHxn #amwriting #fiction #writing
"Foreshadowing isn't just a literary technique used sparingly: it lurks in the shadow of every #plot turn. Plot promises pay-off..." bit.ly/3SkVCK0 #amwriting #fiction #writing
"All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia. When the general atmosphere is bad, #language must suffer..." bit.ly/3lJT6jV #amwriting #writing #writingadvice
"Try woodworking, bird watching, gardening, mushrooming, cooking, fishing, sailing, weaving, pottery, zoology, astronomy, cosmology, take your pick..." bit.ly/3Om6as2 #amwriting #writing #writelife
"If your aesthetic has become so refined it is stopping you from placing a single black mark on white paper, stop worrying so much about what Nabokov would say; pick up Dostoyevsky, patron saint of substance over style..." bit.ly/2VyfaU1 #amwriting #fiction #writing
As long as you can start, you are all right. The juice will come. ERNEST HEMINGWAY #amwriting #fiction #writing
"#Storytelling...gives us the power to bring order to the chaos of the real under our own sign, and in this it isn’t very far from political power..." bit.ly/2K6SVi3 #amwriting #fiction #writing
At the beginning, I have next to nothing: an image, a situation, maybe a phrase. #Characters come into being #word by word. If a finished character is an edifice, an unwritten character is very nearly a vacuum. ANN PACKER #amwriting #fiction #writing
"I think of #writers as sitting down and starting from scratch every time—at least that is how it is for me. I don’t think of one #book as having any relationship to the others..." bit.ly/3eSdZsf #amwriting #fiction #writing
The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering. BEN OKRI #amwriting #creativity #writing #writinglife
"It seems to me that there are two kinds of trickery: the 'fronts' people assume before one another’s eyes, and the 'front' a #writer puts on the face of reality..." bit.ly/3sKndJG #amwriting #fiction #writing
"What I #write, day by day and #word by word, is much of my felt life. It would be a terrible capitulation to give up my explorations of quiet because of anxiety about the receptiveness of readers..." bit.ly/3AxkpCn #amwriting #writing #writelife
"That’s what I want my readers to do: I want them to come with me when we’re going mountain-climbing. This isn’t a walk through a theme park. This is some dangerous place that neither of us has been before..." bit.ly/3UNMmQK #amwriting #fiction #writing
"Display your notebook as if it were a fishing license. While the interview continues, the notebook may serve other purposes, surpassing the talents of a tape recorder..." bit.ly/3Diyms5 #amwriting #writing #writingtip
"When it totally sucks, pause, look out the window (there should always be a window) and say, I’m doing exactly what I want to be doing..." bit.ly/3hWDIkc #amwriting #writerslife
About the most originality that any #writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment. HENRY WHEELER SHAW #amwriting #plagiarism #writing #writingadvice
"Sentimentality is the anti-heart, a heart substitute, and nothing terrifies me more than tipping into it. I try to avoid it by keeping revelations as small, quiet, and specific to a #character as possible..." bit.ly/3SjOgGP #amwriting #fiction #writing
#Write one good clean #sentence and put a period at the end of it. Then write another one. M.F.K. FISHER #amwriting #writing #writingadvice
“I have made this longer than usual because I have not had time to make it shorter...” bit.ly/3F3H3aO #amwriting #writing #writingadvice
How do you teach #drama? You cannot learn drama without #writing plays, putting it on in front of an audience, and getting humiliated. DAVID MAMET #amwriting #writing #writelife
"Once you label it #fiction, it’s fiction, even if you give the protagonist a feeling you’ve felt, or your same hometown..." bit.ly/3MQiBeP #amwriting #writing #writingadvice
My goal is to #write every day. I say it is my ideal. I am careful not to pass judgment or create anxiety if I do not do it. No one lives up to his ideal. NATALIE GOLDBERG #amwriting #writerslife
"If you interrupt the #writing of fast #narrative with too much introspection and self-criticism, you will be lucky if you #write 500 #words a day and you will be disgusted with them into the bargain..." bit.ly/3mzrNth #amwriting #fiction
"Forget about making things that are understood..." bit.ly/3OiDbVW #art #creativity #literature #writing
"I find the third-person more interesting to work with, more expansive..." bit.ly/3AKX7ZM #amwriting #fiction #writing
The #writer must be universal in sympathy and an outcast by nature: only then can he see clearly. JULIAN BARNES #amwriting #fiction #writing
#Writing is one of the few professions left where you take all the responsibility for what you do. It’s really dangerous and ultimately destroys you as a #writer if you start thinking about responses to your work or what your audience needs. ERICA JONG #amwriting #writerslife
"I learned to listen very carefully to what was going on between the lines, to always pay attention to what the #words in front of you are really saying..." bit.ly/3sxzvop #amwriting #writing #writingadvice
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