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Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself… It’s a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necess...
The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.
The best thing about writing fiction is that moment where the story catches fire and comes to life on the page, and suddenly it all makes se...
Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers ...
I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.
Rules such as ‘Write what you know,’ and ‘Show, don’t tell,’ while doubtlessly grounded in good sense, can be ...
In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.
Write with abandon and no constraints for first draft. Cut brutally and save in separate files on second draft. Add conflict; don’t be afrai...
There is no shame in being hungry for another person. There is no shame in wanting very much to share your life with somebody.
Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out wh...
Writers are like supreme beings. We can create worlds in a matter of days and we can destroy them just as fast.
Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pa...
The only ‘ironclad rules’ in writing fiction are the laws of physics and the principles of grammar, and even those can be bent.
I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or ...
Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down.
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.̵...
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Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure ...
You like to write. It’s the single most important quality for someone who wants to be a writer. But not in itself enough.