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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On Writing

June 15th, 2015 by

“Curiosity is the most powerful thing you own.”

— James Cameron

On Writing

June 8th, 2015 by

“I suppose half of writing is overcoming the revulsion you feel when you sit down to it.”

— Flannery O’Connor

On Writing

June 1st, 2015 by

“’Character is Fate,’ said Heraclitus in 500 B.C. or thereabouts. But ‘Our characters are the result of our conduct,’ added Aristotle a hundred years or so later. We will find character and action even more inseparably entwined in fiction than they appear to be in life.”

— Rust Hills

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On Writing

May 25th, 2015 by

“People think a creative career is about luck. A creative career is about showing up and doing the work. That’s how you maximize your luck.”

— Chuck Wendig

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