On Writing

August 24th, 2015 by

“Character is the very life of fiction. Setting exists so that the character has someplace to stand. Plot exists so the character can discover what he is really like, forcing the character to choice and action. And theme exists only to make the character stand up and be somebody.”

— John Gardner

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On Writing

August 17th, 2015 by

“The three things that matter most in a story are characters, characters and characters.”

— Bob Gale

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On Writing

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On Writing

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“The bigger the issue, the smaller you write. Remember that. You don’t write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid’s burnt socks lying on the road. You pick the smallest manageable part of the big thing, and you work off the resonance.”

— Richard Price

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On Writing

July 27th, 2015 by

“On a metaphysical level, I do believe the story’s already written in some other dimension. So all I have to do is get out of the way. But that’s easier said than done.”

— Colin Higgins

On Writing

July 20th, 2015 by

“The difference between fiction and real life is that fiction has to make sense.”

— Chuck Wendig

On Writing

July 13th, 2015 by

“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.”

— Joss Whedon

On Writing

July 6th, 2015 by

“Let me ruin storytelling for you: if bad things are happening now, good things will happen by the end. The opposite is also true. The End.”

— Seth Lochhead (via Twitter)

On Writing

June 29th, 2015 by

“Mystery is the essential element of every work of art.”

— Luis Bunuel

On Writing

June 22nd, 2015 by

“As an artist I feel that we must try different things—but above all we must dare to fail.”

— John Cassavetes

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