"When the writer (or the artist in general) says he has worked without giving any thought to the rules of the process, he simply means he was working without realizing he knew the rules."
Umberto Eco (via writingquotes)
"The easiest way to separate yourself from the unformed blobby mass of “aspiring” writers is to a) actually write and b) actually finish. That’s how easy it is to clamber up the ladder to the second echelon. Write. And finish what you write. That’s how you break away from the pack and leave the rest of the sickly herd for the hungry wolves of shame and self-doubt. And for all I know, actual wolves."
Chuck Wendig (via lchollowayfiction)
"Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it."
Sidonie Gabrielle (via writetothestars)
"A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?"
George Orwell, Politics and the English Language (via reedlitmagazine)
"The writer is both a sadist and a masochist. We create people we love, and then we torture them. The more we love them, and the more cleverly we torture them along the lines of their greatest vulnerability and fear, the better the story. Sometimes we try to protect them from getting booboos that are too big. Don’t. This is your protagonist, not your kid."
Janet Fitch (via soundthewindchimes)
Straight from the pen of Chuck Wendig, this list of 11 foolproof ways to tell whether or not you are, in fact, a writer is not one to be passed on by. For you, your friends, and anyone who enjoys being able to laugh a bit at the idiosyncrasies we tend to share as a community, this post never fails to put a smile on my face.
"No matter how piercing and appalling his insights, the desolation creeping over his outer world, the lurid lights and shadows of his inner world, the writer must live with hope, work in faith."
J.B. Priestly (via avirian)