"The commonly accepted “rule” that you should begin your novel with action has a flaw – and it’s a major one: What good is the action if it isn’t grounded in context that’s important to the story or draws you to the main character? It’s much, much better to start your story with tension, like a character conflict or a character who’s not getting what he wants. This gives the reader a reason to feel connected."

Brian A. Klems (via writingquotes)

"Act as if you’re a writer. Sit down and begin. Act as if you might just create something beautiful, and by beautiful I mean something authentic and universal."

Dani Shapiro, Still Writing (via bookishcee)

"Engrave this in your brain: EVERY WRITER GETS REJECTED. You will be no different."

John Scalzi (via hubbubbaloocreative)

"Don’t give up. It’s never too late. You’re never too old. The success of others is proof of the possibility of your own success. There’s enough opportunity to go around. When you’ve taken your book as far as you can take it on your own, and at least one trusted person has read it and provided feedback that has allowed you to see its flaws clearly and attend to them faithfully, and you know it’s ready, really know it’s ready, it will find a home.

Despite the doomsday scenarios we hear about the death of reading in general, there will still be people looking to publish good books whenever you’re done with yours. Having a day job helps take the pressure off your earning a living as a writer while you’re working on your book. Take as long as you need. Go alone down the stormy peninsula of your thoughts and trust that when you return there will be someone at the other end of your travels and you won’t regret the journey, however discouraging or frightening it might be at any given moment."

Matthew Thomas [x] (via politeandnotgay)

theunnovelist:

However difficult and paltry in terms of monetary return, be glad this is who you were created to be. http://TheUnNovelist.com 

theunnovelist:

However difficult and paltry in terms of monetary return, be glad this is who you were created to be. http://TheUnNovelist.com 

"A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language."

W. H. Auden (via ourwritinglives)

"I started to submit when I was twelve, and obviously at that time they weren’t good enough, and I suppose in my heart of hearts I knew it. But you have to start sooner or later, you have to dig in."

Stephen King (via writingquotes)

"It’s really important for writers to remember to reawaken the reader to the experience of the senses, to put the reader physically in the character and in the story."

Janet Fitch via Novel Shortcuts by Laura Whitcomb (via ameliarobinsondaresgreatly)

"Somebody wants something badly and is having trouble getting it."

Frank Daniel (via writing-and-bleeding)


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