On Writing

October 20th, 2014 by

“If there is no possibility for change in a character, we have no interest in him.”

– Flannery O’Connor

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On Writing

October 13th, 2014 by

“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you’ve got something to say.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

On Writing

October 6th, 2014 by


“I write in toilets, on planes, when I’m walking, when I stop the car. I make notes. Whenever I can. All the time.”

– Richard Brooks

On Writing

September 29th, 2014 by

“Whatever story you want to tell, tell it at the right size.”

– Richard Linklater

On Writing

September 22nd, 2014 by

“A writer who has never explored words, who has never searched, seeded, sieved, sifted through his knowledge and memory… dictionaries, thesaurus, poems, favorite paragraphs, to find the right word, is like someone owning a gold mine who has never mined it.”

– Rumer Godden

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On Writing

September 15th, 2014 by

“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.”

– Flannery O’Connor

On Writing

September 8th, 2014 by

“Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.”

– Kurt Vonnegut

On Writing

September 1st, 2014 by

“Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.”

– Orson Scott Card

On Writing

August 25th, 2014 by

“Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there.”

– Thomas Berger

On Writing

August 18th, 2014 by

“A character is never a whole person, but just those parts of him that fit the story or the piece of writing. So the act of selection is the writer’s first step in delineating character. From what does he select? From a whole mass of what Bernard DeVoto used to call, somewhat clinically, “placental material.” He must know an enormous amount more about each of his characters than he will ever use directly—childhood, family background, religion, schooling, health, wealth, sexuality, reading, tastes, hobbies—an endless questionnaire for the writer to fill out. For example, the writer knows that people speak, and therefore his characters will describe themselves indirectly when they talk. Clothing is a means of characterization. In short, each character has a style of his own in everything he does. These need not all be listed, but the writer should have a sure grasp of them. If he has, his characters will, within the book, read like people.”

– William Sloane

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