"There is in writing the constant joy of sudden discovery, of happy accident."
H.L. Mencken (via writingquotes)
"The most original of authors are not so because they advance what is new, but more because they know how to say something, as if it had never been said before."
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (via writetothestars)
"The main questions worrying most writers, by career stage:
- Beginning writer, not yet agented/sold/published: Is this any good? Will anyone buy this? Am I terrible hack with no future?
- Most published writers: Is this any good? Will anyone buy this? Am I terrible hack with no future?
- Writer who has a legion of fans and great success: Is this any good? Will anyone buy this? Am I terrible hack with no future?"
Writers, all of this truly is required reading. Plus, there’s a seal pup!
"Sometimes setting details – like a jungle on fire, or moonlight sparkling on a lake – are so important to plot or character development that it’s appropriate to include visual setting at the launch of a scene. This is often the case in books set in unusual, exotic or challenging locations such as snowy Himalayan mountains, lush inlands or brutal desert climates. If the setting is going to bear dramatically on the characters and the plot, then there is every reason to let it lead into the scene that will follow."
Jordan E. Rosenfeld (via writingquotes)
"To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author."
Charles Caleb Colton (via writetothestars)