On Writing

May 18th, 2015 by

“What lasts in the reader’s mind is not the phrase but the effect the phrase created: laughter, tears, pain, joy. If the phrase is not affecting the reader, what’s it doing there? Make it do its job or cut it without mercy or remorse.”

— Isaac Asimov

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On Writing

May 11th, 2015 by

“If you focus on the humanity of your stories, your characters, then the horror will be stronger, scarier. Without the humanity, the horror becomes nothing more than a tawdry parlor trick. All flash and no magic, and worst of all, no heart.”

— Don Roff

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On Writing

May 4th, 2015 by

“I can’t stand half the stuff I write, but I have to write it to get to the other half.”

— John Patrick Shanley

On Writing

April 27th, 2015 by

“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

On Writing

April 20th, 2015 by

“I never want to see anyone, and I never want to go anywhere or do anything. I just want to write.”

— P. G. Wodehouse

On Writing

April 13th, 2015 by

“Follow the path of your aroused thought, and you will soon meet this infernal inscription: There is nothing so beautiful as that which does not exist.”

— Paul Valery

On Writing

April 6th, 2015 by

“I never started from ideas but always from character.”

— Ivan Turgenev

On Writing

March 30th, 2015 by

“The wastepaper basket is the writer’s best friend.”

— Isaac Bashevis Singer

On Writing

March 23rd, 2015 by

“A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God.”

— Sidney Sheldon

On Writing

March 16th, 2015 by

“Engrave this in your brain: EVERY WRITER GETS REJECTED. You will be no different.”

— John Scalzi