On Writing

July 21st, 2014 by

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“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”

– Orson Welles

HT Travis Beacham

On Writing

July 14th, 2014 by

underwood5small“There are a million ideas in a world of stories. Humans are storytelling animals. Everything’s a story, everyone’s got stories, we’re perceiving stories, we’re interested in stories. So to me, the big nut to crack is to how to tell a story, what’s the right way to tell a particular story.”

– Richard Linklater

On Writing

July 7th, 2014 by

underwood5small“Someone asked me about the likability of my characters, and I said, verbatim: ‘Fuck likability. I don’t give two shits whether someone likes my characters.’ I do care if they’re attracted to them.”

Beau Willimon

On Writing

June 30th, 2014 by

underwood5small“If I find out I have to write today and nothing else, that’s a perfect day. I know a lot of people who are great at it and make it look easy who are tortured and miserable people. Writing for me is perfect peace.”

– Joss Whedon

On Writing

June 23rd, 2014 by

underwood5small“As the characters become alive to me, there are things that I think they’re going to do that they refuse to do and as I get closer, they won’t do and then I have to let them tell me where they’re going.”

– Naomi Foner

On Writing

June 16th, 2014 by

underwood5small“You have to resign yourself to wasting lots of trees before you write anything really good. That’s just how it is. It’s like learning an instrument. You’ve got to be prepared for hitting wrong notes occasionally, or quite a lot. That’s just part of the learning process. And read a lot. Reading a lot really helps. Read anything you can get your hands on.”

– J.K. Rowling

On Writing

June 9th, 2014 by

underwood5small

“There are a million things that are distracting you and a million excuses and if you want an excuse not to write, you will find it.”

– Henry Bean

On Writing

June 2nd, 2014 by

underwood5small“The nearest I have to a rule is a Post-It on the wall in front of my desk saying “Faire et se taire” (Flaubert), which I translate for myself as ‘Shut up and get on with it.’”

– Helen Simpson

Via @AdviceToWriters

On Writing

May 26th, 2014 by

underwood5small“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

– Mark Twain

Via @AdviceToWriters

On Writing

May 19th, 2014 by

underwood5small“As a writer one doesn’t belong anywhere. Fiction writers, I think, are even more outside the pale, necessarily on the edge of society. Because society and people are our meat, one really doesn’t belong in the midst of society. The great challenge in writing is always to find the universal in the local, the parochial. And to do that, one needs distance.”

– William Trevor

Via @AdviceToWriters