On Writing

February 8th, 2016 by

Typewriter“Writing is hard for every last one of us… Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.”

— Cheryl Strayed

On Writing

February 1st, 2016 by

“Stories come from violence, they come from sex. They come from death. They come from the dark places that everyone has to go to, kind of wants to, or doesn’t, but needs to deal with. If you raise a kid to think everything is sunshine and flowers, they’re going to get into the real world and die…. That’s the reason fairy tales are so creepy, because we need to encapsulate these things, to inoculate ourselves against them, so that when we’re confronted by the genuine horror that is day-to-day life we don’t go insane.”

— Joss Whedon

On Writing

January 25th, 2016 by

Typewriter“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: ‘It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.'”

— Jim Jarmusch

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On Writing

January 18th, 2016 by

Typewriter“Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations. Plot is observed after the fact rather than before. It cannot precede action. It is the chart that remains when an action is through. That is all Plot ever should be. It is human desire let run, running, and reaching a goal. It cannot be mechanical. It can only be dynamic. So, stand aside, forget targets, let the characters, your fingers, body, blood, and heart do.”

— Ray Bradbury

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On Writing

January 11th, 2016 by

Typewriter“Every single day, I get emails from aspiring writers asking my advice about how to become a writer, and here is the only advice I can give: Don’t make stuff because you want to make money — it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous — because you will never feel famous enough. Make gifts for people — and work hard on making those gifts in the hope that those people will notice and like the gifts.”

— John Green

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On Writing

January 4th, 2016 by

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“Write every day without fail…even if you are savagely hung over and your grandmother has just fallen out of a third-story window.”

— Tom Robbins

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On Writing

December 28th, 2015 by

Typewriter“There’s the donut and there’s the hole. You should keep your eye on the donut. All the other things that go on, they don’t matter. What matters is falling in love with the story or ideas and realizing those. There’s things going on in the world all the time and some people become obsessed with those. Your job is to stay focused and hope the ideas keep coming, and able to realize them. The hole is so deep and so bad. The donut is a beautiful thing.”

— David Lynch

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On Writing

December 21st, 2015 by

Typewriter“No book ever gets written by thinking about it or going bowling or playing golf. You have to put your butt down and spend many, many hours in front of a computer or a piece of paper, and don’t get up, even if you’re blocked or don’t know what’s going to happen next or you don’t know what the next sentence should be. You’re like a donkey, you just keep plodding. And that quality of perseverance and stubbornness is really important.”

— Tim O’Brien

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On Writing

December 7th, 2015 by

Typewriter“If you want to write, you can. Fear stops most people from writing, not lack of talent, whatever that is. Who am I? What right have I to speak? Who will listen to me if I do? You’re a human being, with a unique story to tell, and you have every right. If you speak with passion, many of us will listen. We need stories to live, all of us. We live by story. Yours enlarges the circle.”

— Richard Rhodes

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