"Short stories can be rather stark and bare unless you put in the right details. Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better."
V.S. Pritchett (via writingquotes)
"One does not develop a writing style in the name of all sanity - quite the opposite. One develops a writing style by studying, imitating and rejecting the styles of writers one admires. It is not a sane thing to do, but it beats working."
Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snicket
"I’ve often said there are no rules for writers. Let me share the WORST AND MOST HARMFUL ADVICE I was ever given by others. 1) Write what you know. 2) You’ll have to polish every sentence you write three or four times. 3) Genius is one tenth talent and nine tenths hard work and 4) You’re not a real writer if you don’t write every day. —- ALL OF THAT WAS HARMFUL TO ME. ALL OF IT. IT HURT AND IT SET ME BACK. ——- So I say again, there are no rules. It’s amazing how willing people are to tell you that you aren’t a real writer unless you conform to their cliches and their rules. My advice? Reject rules and critics out of hand. Define yourself. Do it your way. Make yourself the writer of your dreams. Protect your voice, your vision, your characters, your story, your imagination, your dreams."
Anne Rice (via czrnynoah)
"Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation."
Graham Greene (via thevampireninja)