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What’s needed for this work is a healthy ego and an even healthier capacity for self-disgust. Ego gets you #writing; self-disgust makes you revise. It’s a delicate relationship that needs to be protected, lest you are steeped in one more than the other. FIONA MAAZEL #writerslife
I write everything many times over. All my thoughts are second thoughts. ALDOUS HUXLEY #amwriting #fiction #writelife
Great #art can only be created out of love. JAMES BALDWIN #amwriting #writing #writinglife
"SO WHAT? What are the stakes here? What is happening in your #fiction that will help enrich my capacity to feel deeply about other people?…” bit.ly/3j7hwAn #amwriting #writing
It’s nervous work. The state you need to #write in is the state that others are paying large sums to get rid of. SHIRLEY HAZZARD #amwriting #writerslife
The easiest thing to do on earth is not write. WILLIAM GOLDMAN #screenwriting #writing
"I love to ask young #writers what they've read recently, and I'm constantly surprised by how few are regularly reading the kind of #writing they want to do…” bit.ly/2WbmaTZ
Think about your first ten pages as being all about: Who is my character? How do I reveal my character as best as I possibly can? SHONDA RHIMES #screenwriting #writing
A #poem often has two subjects: a starting subject and then the discovered subject. BILLY COLLINS #amwriting #poetry #writing
"I love having a first draft, largely because I find revising to be easier than the crafting of the original material…” bit.ly/3j1LxRO #amwriting #writing #writingtips
I only backed into it in order to make a living. And then I discovered that I could actually do it. ANNIE PROULX #amwriting #writerslife
#Writers often torture themselves trying to get the #words right. Sometimes you must lower your expectations and just finish it. DON ROFF #amwriting #writing #writetip
When I finish a play, after I type “The End,” I immediately begin work on the next play. AUGUST WILSON #amwriting #drama #writing
"I have stopped beating myself up over not being more prolific…” Just posted, exclusive ATW Interview with @tatianaryckman bit.ly/3i90PmV #amwriting #writing #writingtips
"The body of work becomes a body of evidence in a case built against us…” bit.ly/2DHKwyG #amwriting #publishing #writing
“There’s nothing more motivating than having an audience and deadlines…” bit.ly/2ENvpnw #amwriting #writing #writingtip
I don't care who you are. When you sit down to #write the first page of your #screenplay, in your head, you're also #writing your Oscar acceptance speech. NORA EPHRON #screenwriting
If #prose is a house, #poetry is a man on fire running quite fast through it. ANNE CARSON #art #literature #writing
"It’s so frustrating it can make you want to peel your skin off…” bit.ly/2DzxMJP #amwriting #writersblock #writelife
We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do #language. That may be the measure of our lives. TONI MORRISON #amwriting #writing #writelife
A petty reason perhaps why #novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to #write the truth and journalists are trying to write #fiction. GRAHAM GREENE #amwriting #writing
"You can’t rely entirely on courses and classes – you have to spend time on your own, just getting the #words down on the page and learning from your own mistakes…” bit.ly/3i3EEOD #amwriting #writing #writingtip
I looked forward to the struggle of the #writing life. I thought of it as a heroic vocation. SUSAN SONTAG #amwriting #writerslife
I wrote my first Broadway musical, “In the Heights,” because I wanted a future in theater and I didn't see a place for myself. So I wrote one. @Lin_Manuel #amwriting #writinglife
"Causality, causality, causality: if possible, each event should feel like the inevitable consequence of previous events…” bit.ly/2OjESo7 #amwriting #writing #writinglife
I’m always thinking about how to keep the text open, so that other things can happen besides what I intend. CLAUDIA RANKINE #amwriting #writing
Bad exposition is like bad lighting. It exposes more than it illuminates. JOSH FRIEDMAN #screenwriting #writing
“Forget about the audience. If you worry about what people will think of the #book you’ll never get it done…” bit.ly/2AZleuw #amwriting #writing
The one ironclad rule is that I have to try. I have to walk into my #writing room and pick up my pen every weekday morning. ANNE TYLER #amwriting #writerslife
If you understand a #painting beforehand, you might as well not paint it. SALVADOR DALI #art #literature #writing
“The world is waiting for your #words. We need your voice so we might imagine new possibilities and a more just and life-giving world for all beings…” bit.ly/31amlR6 #amwriting #writelife
"Creating suspense involves making the reader ask a question, then withholding the answer for as long as possible, without losing their interest…” bit.ly/3bzen8R #amwriting #fiction
"The fallow time must be long enough to ‘forget' what you've written so you can read with fresh eyes…” bit.ly/3kbZtcv #amwriting #writing #writetips
What I don't write is as important as what I write. JAMAICA KINCAID #amwriting #writing #writingtips
If you just keep asking, it’s amazing what comes out of people. ROBERT CARO #amwriting #biography #writing
“Never be content with your own first attempt. Or your second, or your tenth. There are many places in life where #perfectionism is out of place, but your #art is not one of them…” bit.ly/3gNiZte #amwriting #fiction #writing
#Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own. CAROL BURNETT #amwriting #writing
#Writing is like praying. It's not about sending a message, but receiving one. HUGH ORCHARD #amwriting #writelife
It is my #art. I am better at it than I ever was. And I will do it as long as I can. When you reach a certain age you can slough off what is unnecessary and concentrate on what is. And why not? ARTHUR MILLER #amwriting #drama #writing
“Define carefully what makes you uncomfortable, and dwell in that difficulty…” bit.ly/3b7vVJ0 #amwriting #writing #writingtip
If you are #writing with a direct cause in mind, you are writing propaganda. It's fatal for a #fiction writer. NADINE GORDIMER
If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin. IVAN TURGENEV #amwriting #writing #writinglife
“We start out imitating our favorite #writers, but trusting your own weirdness produces the most compelling and unique work…” bit.ly/2QCy5Hm #amwriting #writing #writetips
One should be able to return to the first sentence of a #novel and find the resonances of the entire work. GLORIA NAYLOR #amwriting #fiction
#Writing teachers invariably tell students, Write about what you know. That’s, of course, what you have to do, but on the other hand, how do you know what you know until you’ve written it? #Writing is knowing. What did Kafka know? The insurance business? E.L. DOCTOROW #amwriting
"Write every day. Even if it is only a few lines or pages. Even if you think while you are doing it 'this is uninspired crap'…" bit.ly/2EOe8dG #amwriting #writing #writinglife
Read at the level at which you want to write. #Reading is the nourishment that feeds the kind of #writing you want to do. JENNIFER EGAN #amwriting #writetip
The days you’d rather stick pencils in your eyes than write are the days that’ll make you a #writer. RON RASH #amwriting #writerslife
"The funny thing is that, although #writing has been my actual job for several years now, I still seem to have to fight for time in which to do it…” bit.ly/2XmGUrp #amwriting #writingtips
"How do you make that which is your everyday into the stuff of #literature?…” bit.ly/322xAN1 #amwriting #fiction
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