Jon Winokur

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“The tall, narrow-chested man of medium height and with a red beard sat down on the green grass that had already been trampled down by the pedestrians, sat down silently, looking around timidly and fearfully...” bit.ly/3OgGPyn #amwriting #fiction #writing
"One too many coy asides and you, in the person of your #writing, will seem like a dandy in a Restoration comedy stepping down to the footlights and curling his hand around his mouth to confidentially address the audience..." bit.ly/3HBZeUg
"I’m always trying to make young #writers think about what goes on when they’re sitting in a chair and #reading #fiction..." bit.ly/3bfjQjZ #amwriting #writingtips
It isn’t an inquisition; it’s an exploration, usually an exploration into the past. So I think the gentlest question is the best one, and the gentlest is, “And what happened then?” STUDS TERKEL #amwriting #interviewing #writing #writingadvice
#History is said to be written by the victors. #Fiction, by contrast, is largely the work of injured bystanders. EDNA O’BRIEN #amwriting
"You walk the dog...whether you’re tired, depressed, broke, hung over, or have been recently dumped. You do it. And while you’re walking, you’re thinking about #plot, or #characters, or that tricky bit of #dialogue that’s had you stumped for days..." bit.ly/3gNiDq2
In any #language it is a struggle to make a #sentence say exactly what you mean. ARTHUR KOESTLER #amwriting #writing
A #book might reach out to someone else at some point, after years, or maybe never at all, but it is not up to me to #write with this idea in mind. #Writing is, above all, an internal dialogue. JHUMPA LAHIRI #amwriting #fiction
"#Writers are made — forged, really, in a kiln of their own madness and insecurities — over the course of many, many moons. The #writer you are when you begin is not the same writer you become..." bit.ly/2WAHseu #amwriting #writerslife
#Literature is a struggle over the nature of reality. RICHARD WRIGHT #amwriting #fiction #writing
Forget #narrative, backstory, characterization, exposition, all of that. Just make the audience want to know what happens next. DAVID MAMET #screenwriting #drama writing
“Every first draft is perfect, because all a first draft has to do is exist...” bit.ly/321ZxmC #amwriting #writing #writingadvice
#Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. TRUMAN CAPOTE #amwriting #writing #writingadvice
I don’t go back and look at my early work, because the last time I did, many years ago, it left me cringing. If one publishes, then one is creating a public record of Learning to Write. LORRIE MOORE #amwriting #publishing #writing #writelife
"#Writing is part magic, part craft. There’s nothing you can do about magic: it either happens or it doesn’t. But learning the craft is possible. So while you’re waiting for the muse to visit you, work on your craft..." bit.ly/2wqkL1X #amwriting #writing
I learned never to empty the well of my #writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it. ERNEST HEMINGWAY #amwriting #fiction
#Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little #solitude and idleness. BRENDA UELAND
"#Style is first felt in rhythm and cadence, from how #sentences build and bend, sag or snap. Style, I’d argue, is 90 percent #punctuation..." bit.ly/3bcC5f6 #amwriting #writing
"Follow your curiosities. My father told me that. He was my first #writing teacher..." bit.ly/39o8Xkj #amwriting #writingadvice
[Writers] ask me, “Is it good to shoot my manuscript to other people to get their advice?” My answer is, “No!” You are in it for the duration – don’t expect any kind of lowering of the terms of imprisonment.... You are your own editor, and so it’s yours. CHINUA ACHEBE #writing
The #writer has to have the perseverance to sit there alone and grind it out. If not, then he doesn’t want to #write. ELMORE LEONARD #amwriting #writelife
"If you really want to do this, it’s a long, lonely, hard slog. Don’t deny yourself other aspects of life, but understand that it may take some time. On the other hand, the rewards can be great too..." bit.ly/3xj7kww #amwriting #writerslife
#Read as much as you possibly can. Nothing will help you as much as #reading and you'll go through a phase where you will imitate your favorite #writers and that's fine because that's a learning experience too. J.K. ROWLING #amwriting #writing #writingadvice
#Structure is the key to #narrative. These are the crucial questions any #storyteller must answer: Where does it begin? Where does the beginning start to end and the middle begin? Where does the middle start to end and the end begin? NORA EPHRON #screenwriting #writing
"I once read an interview where Amy Tan showed off a page from one of her manuscripts that was flooded with red ink from her editor. I took so much reassurance from that, knowing that huge talents like her had to work really hard for it..." bit.ly/3NIX2wB #amwriting
One of the hardest things about #writing #lyrics is to make the lyrics sit on the music in such a way that you’re not aware there was a #writer there. S. SONDHEIM If a listener is made rhyme-conscious, his interest may be diverted from the #story of the song. O. HAMMERSTEIN
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
"Get the clay on the wheel, don't try to make a vase first..." bit.ly/3Qd19CB #amwriting #writing #writingadvice
There it is round you. Don't pass it by—the immediate, the real, the only, the yours, the novelist's that it waits for. Take hold of it and keep hold, and let it pull you where it will. HENRY JAMES #amwriting #fiction #writingadvice
Only bad #writers think that their work is really good. ANNE ENRIGHT #amwriting #writing #writinglife
"I have found that the longer you are away from a project the higher the hurdle becomes to get yourself mentally re-engaged..." bit.ly/3Qd0t05 #amwriting #writing #writerslife
I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries. FRANK CAPRA #screenwriting #directing #writing
I always start out with an idea, even a boring idea, that becomes a question I don’t have answers to. TONI MORRISON #amwriting #fiction #writing
"John Barth, my advisor at Hopkins, always used to say—grist for the mill! Meaning, everything you do, read, smell, see—everything is grist for the mill, a source for #writing. I think of that all the time..." bit.ly/3zqEA7E #amwriting #fiction #writelife
"Everything is #fiction, because in the moment someone tries to relate an experience of what happened to them, it's gone..." bit.ly/3be3Ynb #amwriting #writing #writetip
"If you get stuck, read something you love and let their #writing infect you into movement..." bit.ly/3MHhH2D #amwriting #writingadvice
You can't #write well with only the nice parts of your character, and only about nice things. And I don't want even to try anymore. I want to use everything, including hate and envy and lust and fear. ALISON LURIE #amwriting #fiction #writing
I started with all the handicaps, incapabilities, and helplessness. I didn’t talk when I was twenty. I taught myself by the act of #writing. ANAÏS NIN #amwriting #writerslife
"Don’t be afraid to produce material you think is terrible. Most of what we call writing is actually editing — you get something down that isn’t very good, and then you try to figure out how to make it better..." bit.ly/3NK1CdN #amwriting #writing #writingadvice
A #bestseller was a #book which somehow sold well simply because it was selling well. DANIEL BOORSTIN #amwriting #publishing #writing
If you #interview five people about the same incident, and you see five different points of view, it makes you know what makes history so complicated. Something doesn’t just occur. It’s not like a scientific event. It’s a human event. DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN #amwriting #writing
"Far too many #authors are impatient and self-publish their work way too early…when they still have a long way to go in terms of mastering the craft of #writing…and it’s very damaging..." bit.ly/3MI2azR #amwriting #writelife
My greatest fear is that the audience will beat me to the punch line. DAVID MAMET #screenwriting #drama #writing
The unconscious…that’s where the gold is. If there is any gold. EDNA O’BRIEN #amwriting #fiction #writing
"Make your #characters likable. They can have flaws, but readers want to root for your protagonists (and sometimes even the antagonists)..." bit.ly/3aNG0P4 #amwriting #fiction #writing
The best #writing advice I’ve ever heard: Don’t write like you went to college. ALICE KAHN #amwriting #writing #writingadvice
The very reason I #write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life. ZADIE SMITH #amwriting #WhyIWrite writinglife
"I just try to accept it quietly and tell myself nothing matters anyway so if the #writing comes, it comes, and if not, I'll hang out (in a state of relaxed attentiveness) until it does..." bit.ly/3xErEcP #writersblock
What we call #fiction is the ancient way of knowing, the total discourse that antedates all the special vocabularies.... Fiction is democratic, it reasserts the authority of the single mind to make and remake the world. E.L. DOCTOROW #amwriting #writing
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