http://cfiles.nanowrimo.org/nano-2013/files/2013/09/2013-Participant-Square-Button.png Glimpse Into The Mind of A Writer
"When people stop writing, it’s one of two things - they are either really fucking happy or broken beyond repair."
— Ming D. Liu (via seelengekritzel)

"I’m not a fan of ‘write what you know.’ If you don’t know, find out. I knew nothing about the Bible before I started writing ‘The Year of Living Biblically.’ That was kind of the point – to learn."
— A.J. Jacobs (via writingquotes)

"If you’re a writer, your first duty, a duty you owe to yourself and your readers, and to your writing itself, is to become wonderful. To become the best writer you can possibly be."
— Theodora Goss (via writingquotes)

"The writer’s genetic inheritance and her or his experiences shape the writer into a unique individual, and it is this uniqueness that is the writer’s only stuff for sale."
— James Gunn (via writingquotes)

"With a novel, which takes perhaps years to write, the author is not the same man he was at the end of the book as he was at the beginning. It is not only that his characters have developed—he has developed with them, and this nearly always gives a sense of roughness to the work: a novel can seldom have the sense of perfection which you find in Chekhov’s story, ‘The Lady with the Dog.’"
— Graham Greene (via writingquotes)

"Carrying a small notebook with you always, in your pocket or purse, along with a reliable ballpoint pen will enable you to jot down spot observations and quick character sketches before the first sharp impressions fade away. You’ll need all kinds of story actors, because even picture books can include a wide range of ages, relationships, occupations, and nationalities. Learn to observe and analyze swiftly, wherever you are."
— Lee Wyndham (via writingquotes)

"There can’t be art without risk. It’s like saying No Sex, and then expecting there to be children."
— Francis Ford Coppola (via writingquotes)

"Authors were shy, unsociable creatures, atoning for their lack of social aptitude by inventing their own companions and conversations."
— Agatha Christie (via writingquotes)

"Every writer must be taught how to write every book she or he writes, and the teacher is always the book itself. Writing becomes good by accretion. It builds on itself; it picks up its own cues, it takes its own suggestions. You rarely if ever start out knowing exactly what you are doing or what is to come, and by the time you reach the middle, you rarely know how you are going to get out alive. The project must be your guide, and it will not be finished teaching you the job until the day you type the final page. Then, if you’re lucky, it will let you go."
— Stephen Koch (via writingquotes)

"The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame."
— Oscar Wilde (via writingquotes)

bookgeekconfessions:

I wanted to double check that “The Cherry on Top” was a short novel or novella and I found this on uphillwriting.org. I think it’s very informative and hopefully you guys will find it useful!


pennhurst:

spending 300 hours developing characters that arent even main characters

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liking them more than your main characters

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"A writer never reads his work. For him, it is the unreadable, a secret, and he cannot remain face to face with it. A secret, because he is separated from it."
— Maurice Blanchot (via writingquotes)

"Some read to think, these are rare; some to write, these are common, and some read to talk, and these form the great majority."
— C.C. Colton (via writingquotes)

"Not getting bored of my own story and/or character is one of the main struggles I have had with novel writing, and I have put to bed big chunks of work that just didn’t sustain my interest."
— Aimee Bender (via writingquotes)