"Writing is being able to take something whole and fiercely alive that exists inside you in some unknowable combination of thought, feeling, physicality, and spirit, and then store it like a genie in tense, tiny black symbols on a calm white page."

Mary Gaitskill (via kristindashiell)

"You can’t sit around thinking. You have to sit around writing."

David Long (via itsjust-aspark)

"If you are a writer you locate yourself behind a wall of silence and no matter what you are doing, driving a car or walking or doing housework you can still be writing, because you have that space."

Joyce Carol Oates (via amae-amaeru)

"ADVICE TO A NEW WRITER: There are no rules in this profession. Do what is good for you. Read books and watch films that stimulate your writing. In your writing, go where the pain is; go where the pleasure is; go where the excitement is. Believe in your own original approach, voice, characters, story. Ignore critics. HAVE NERVE. BE STUBBORN."

Anne Rice (x)

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"Don’t be discouraged if you have to rewrite a story many times. The biggest part of being a successful writer is rewriting, and having the discipline to stick with a story until it’s as good as it can be!"

Kenneth Oppel (via lyrisvox)

tamorapierce:

saladinahmed:

Questions you should ask yourself about your Strong Female Character. From this excellent article: http://t.co/efkvvUqsum

Does she have one or two genuine, real-life flaws that make her a real person, not issues that turn her into a mess just when she’s needed most?  Has she a fear or phobia, an enemy, obligations elsewhere?  Has she been a lone wolf up till now and must learn to be part of a team, or has she been in charge for so long that she can’t adjust to someone else being in charge?  (Or, upon being placed in charge, is she so timid about it that someone else takes over to the detriment of the team, and she realizes it’s her fault for not taking over when she was given the job, and she must do so now, hard and fast?)

tamorapierce:

saladinahmed:

Questions you should ask yourself about your Strong Female Character. From this excellent article: http://t.co/efkvvUqsum

Does she have one or two genuine, real-life flaws that make her a real person, not issues that turn her into a mess just when she’s needed most?  Has she a fear or phobia, an enemy, obligations elsewhere?  Has she been a lone wolf up till now and must learn to be part of a team, or has she been in charge for so long that she can’t adjust to someone else being in charge?  (Or, upon being placed in charge, is she so timid about it that someone else takes over to the detriment of the team, and she realizes it’s her fault for not taking over when she was given the job, and she must do so now, hard and fast?)

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"By and large, the critics and readers gave me an affirmed sense of my identity as a writer. You might know this within yourself, but to have it affirmed by others is of utmost importance. Writing is, after all, a form of communication."

Ralph Ellison (via writingquotes)

"Review. Reread. Rewrite."

George Mair, How to Write Better in One Hour (via writetothestars)

"I look at my work and make up my mind about it. After that, neither flattery nor criticism matters to me."

Georgia O’Keefe (via writingquotes)

"I have to write to be happy whether I get paid for it or not. But it’s a hell of a disease to be born with. I like to do it. Which is even worse. That makes it from a disease into a vice. Then I want to do it better than anyone has ever done it which makes it into an obsession. An obsession is terrible. Hope you haven’t got any."

Ernest Hemingway (via theunnovelist)


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