A story is a part of the writer’s soul. Told to the world.
A goal is a written plan.Write your dreams and visions.
In the minds of some people, writing is one thing, but thinking is quite another. If they define writing as spelling, the production of sentences with random meanings, and punctuation, then they might have a case. But who would accept such a definition? Writing is the production of meaning. Writing is thinking.
One day, I decided I was going to write books forever.
Poetic license is not a license to scribe recklessly.
Because here’s the thing: No matter how much one tells stories of magical beasts or impossible worlds, in the end, it is always the world of here and now one is writing about. The better one understands that world, the more powerful the stories will be.
If you don’t make time for writing, writing won’t make time for you.
I’m proud to be a writer. I’m doing the job all my heroes did.
You know, the immortality of the soul, free will and all that — it’s all very amusing to talk about up to the age of twenty-two, but not after that. Then one ought to be giving one’s mind to having fun without catching the pox, arranging one’s life as comfortably as possible, having a few...
A hammer made of deadlines is the surest tool for crushing writer’s block.
If you were to stare at this box of matches, you could extract entire worlds out of it. If you search for tastes in a book, you will certainly find them because it was said: seek and ye shall find. But a critic should not rifle, search. Let him sit back with folded arms, waiting...
One hasn’t become a writer until one has distilled writing intoa habit, and that habit has been forced into an obsession.Writing has to be an obsession. It has to be something as organic,physiological and psychological as speaking or sleeping or eating.
I’ve never thought of writing as the mere arrangement of words on the page but the attempted embodiment of a vision; a complex of emotions; raw experience. The effort of memorable art is to evoke in the reader or spectator emotions appropriate to that effort.
A daily written thankful gratitude is a heavenly blessing.
When I told my teachers I wanted to be a writer, alot of them encouraged me to lower my expectations and to be more realistic. So I rode away on my magical, winged horse, spraying faerie dust behind me, and laughing manically as I went.
(In reply to the question, ‘Would you like some suggestions for a plot for your next book?’)There are three problems with getting plot suggestions from other people. The first is that ideas are the easy part of writing; finding the time and energy to get them down on paper is the hard part. I have...
You can be a good painter if you study Cézanne’s vision. Whoever dares to copy Van Gogh falls inevitably into the hell of imitators. For this painter didn’t care about masterpieces, or even good paintings… but about what is beyond all painting, all art.
Non-fiction can distort; facts can be realigned. But fiction never lies.
we write every day, we fight every day, we think and scheme and dream a little dream every day. manuscripts pile up in the kitchen sink, run-on sentences dangle around our necks. we plant purple prose in our gardens and snip the adverbs only to thread them in our hair. we write with no guarantees,...
Discipline allows magic. To be a writer is to be the very best of assassins. You do not sit down and write every day to force the Muse to show up. You get into the habit of writing every day so that when she shows up, you have the maximum chance of catching her, bashing...
As writers, we have an obligation to respect our readers’ time.