On Writing

September 26th, 2016 by

Typewriter“A writer friend advised, when I was starting out on my first book: ‘write like you talk.’ I took that to mean that good writing must have a conversational quality, should not be arch or pretentious. And as you are aware when speaking to others when their attention lapses, so when writing you must think: How do I hold the reader’s attention?”

— Ken Auletta

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On Writing

September 19th, 2016 by

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“The novel is a narrative that organizes itself in the world, while cinema is a world that organizes itself into a narrative.”

— Jean Mitry

On Writing

September 12th, 2016 by

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“You write by sitting down and writing. There’s no particular time or place—you suit yourself, your nature. How one works, assuming he’s disciplined, doesn’t matter.”

— Bernard Malamud

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September 5th, 2016 by

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“Write about the emotions you fear the most.”

— Laurie Halse Anderson

On Writing

August 29th, 2016 by

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“Imagination is like a muscle. I find out the more I write, the bigger it gets.”

— Philip José Farmer

On Writing

August 22nd, 2016 by

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“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.”

— Beatrix Potter

On Writing

August 15th, 2016 by

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“You don’t choose a story, it chooses you.”

— Robert Penn Warren

On Writing

August 8th, 2016 by

Typewriter“Psychoanalysts in France, structuralists in the United States and France, conservative, liberal and left-wing thinkers in contemporary schools of linguistic philosophy agree about one thing; man became man not by the tool but by the Word. It is not walking upright and using a stick to dig for food or strike a blow that makes a human being, it is speech. And neither intelligent apes nor dolphins whispering marvels in the ocean share with us the ability to transform this direct communication into the written word, which sets up an endless chain of communication and commune between peoples and generations who will never meet.”

— Nadine Gordimer

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August 1st, 2016 by

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“The best work comes from having a sense of structure in your bones.”

— Beau Willimon

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