Musings of famous authors that offer advice, inspiration and solutions to writers.
Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.
– William Faulkner
First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!
– Ray Bradbury
If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
– Edgar Rice Burroughs
Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material.
– John Steinbeck
It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.
– William Faulkner
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
― Maya Angelou
If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
― Toni Morrison
Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.
― Louis L’Amour
You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.
― Annie Proulx
Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.
– Barbara Kingsolver
There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.
– Terry Pratchett
Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
– Jane Yolen
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
― Jack London
Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.
― Meg Cabot
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