"I think my first general rule is that most of my experiences are not that interesting. It’s usually other people’s experiences. It’s not that entirely conscious. Somebody tells me a story or, you know, repeats an anecdote that somebody else told them and I just feel like I have to write it down so I don’t forget — that means for me, something made it fiction-worthy. Interesting things never happen to me, so maybe two or three times when they do, I have to use them, so I write them down."

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (via writingquotes)

"Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young."

Somerset Maugham (via thephoenixwriter)

lbardugo:

kingsbellamy:

DO YOU KNOW THAT KIND OF WRITER’S BLOCK WHERE YOU ALREADY HAVE A PLOT, YOU KNOW WHAT TO WRITE BUT YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO WRITE IT AND YOU JUST STARE AT THE COMPUTER SCREEN FOR HOURS UNTIL YOU FINALLY CLOSE THE DOCUMENT AND CURSE YOUR ENTIRE EXISTENCE 

CAUSE I DO 

I kind of want to do a taxonomy of the different kinds of writer’s block. For this particular kind, I recommend writing your intention: “I know I want to open in the middle of a battle, but I’m not sure how that’s going to go down yet. We could start with X or how about…” You may write some dialogue or usable stuff or you may stay in intention mode, but you’ll be WRITING. Get your fingers moving on the keyboard and stop worrying about the gap between what you envision and what you’re putting down on the page. Easier said than done, but there I said it.

(Source: kingsbellamy)

lannecarrington:

“The truly creative must create. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating.” Pearl S Buck

"The advantage, the luxury, as well as the torment and responsibility of the novelist, is that there is no limit to what he may attempt."

Henry James, The Art of Fiction (via starlightswitch)

"A woman journalist in England asked me why Americans usually wrote about their childhood and a past that happened only in imagination, why they never wrote about the present. This bothered me until I realized why – that a novelist wants to know how it comes out, that he can’t be omnipotent writing a book about the present, particularly this one."

John Steinbeck (via writingquotes)

"99% of writing is fear. Scared to not do the story justice. Scared no one else will like it. Scared of failure. Scared of success."

bethrevis (x)

This times a million.

(via writejenwrite)

"And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss."

J.K Rowling (via shatteredenglish)


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