"When I write, I have a sort of secret kinship of readers in all countries who don’t know each other but each of whom, when they read my book, feels at home in it. So I write for those readers. It’s almost a sense of writing for a specific person, but it’s a specific person who I don’t know."

Teju Cole (via theunnovelist)

"One of the many lessons I hope I’ve learned is how much I underestimated people, their open-mindedness and their willingness to understand. I think, moreover, I underestimated the degree to which everyone has a story. So my advice, for whatever it’s worth, is to trust readers, trust the truth and trust the power of storytelling."

Jeannette Walls (via writingquotes)

"Perfection is an unattainable goal. It isn’t going to be perfect. Just get words down on paper, and when you stumble to what you think is the end of the book, you will have hundreds of pages of words that came out of your head. It may not be perfect, but it looks like a book."

Laurell K. Hamilton (via writingquotes)

"Write what should not be forgotten."

Isabel Allende (via writetothestars)

"Instead of following the rules without regard for whether they’re making our writing effective or not, we often need to question the rules. To write with style, we need at times to break the rules."

Donna Gorrell (via writingquotes)

"Essentially what you’re doing with character arcs is throwing rocks (story events) at a wall (the character) over a given period of time (the story). The rocks chip the paint. They crack the moulding. They dent the drywall. Eventually, if the rock is big enough or you throw enough little rocks at one spot on the wall, you’ll make a hole. At that point, the wall is changed forever. Even patching the hole won’t be perfect, and a patch can’t ever undo the fact that there was once a hole."

C from www.writeworld.tumblr.com (via theroadpavedwithwords)

"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)


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