One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper patterns at the right moment. -Hart Crane, poet (1899-1932)
Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you make the whole trip that way.” – E.L. Doctorow
Poetry should please by a fine excess and not by singularity. It should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost as a remembrance.” — John Keats, poet (1795-1821)
At NC Society of Historians, a person wrote a sequel to the book they wrote. “I fell in love with the characters I created.”
“What I like in a good author isn’t what he says, but what he whispers.” — Logan Pearsall Smith, essayist
“The two most engaging powers of an author are, to make new things familiar and familiar things new.” — Samuel Johnson
Writing is thinking on paper. -William Zinsser, writer and editor (7 Oct 1922-2015)
I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center. -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., writer (11 Nov 1922-2007)
Malcolm Gladwell [Tipping Point, Outliers, Blink, What the Dog Saw] advice:
- Research a little at a time
- Write a little at a time
- Don’t listen to music.
- What we’re like inside is determined by outside world.
- Choose to Become Extraordinary.
- People with social power get lots done.
A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others. -William Faulkner, novelist (25 Sep 1897-1962)
A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end, but not necessarily in that order. -Jean-Luc Godard, film director (b. 3 Dec 1930)
No one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell. -Charles de Lint, writer (b. 22 Dec 1951)
Success is a finished book, a stack of pages each of which is filled with words. If you reach that point, you have won a victory over yourself no less impressive than sailing single-handed around the world. — Tom Clancy
2016 4 5: Writers’ group
- Write your book in one sentence. Then one paragraph and then one chapter.
- Then choose characters.
- Clarity. Short sentences. Say dialogue aloud. Do not stop to rewrite.
- Paragraphs of historical fact between paragraphs of fiction.
- John Hunt publishing in England. Just paperbacks.
The first page sells that book; the last page sells your next book. — Mickey Spillane
If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story. -Terry Pratchett, novelist (28 Apr 1948-2015)
Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once. -Stephen King, novelist (b. 21 Sep 1947)
A poor idea well written is more likely to be accepted than a good idea poorly written. -Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (2 Jan 1920-1992)
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