"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)

"The main questions worrying most writers, by career stage:
- Beginning writer, not yet agented/sold/published: Is this any good? Will anyone buy this? Am I terrible hack with no future?
- Most published writers: Is this any good? Will anyone buy this? Am I terrible hack with no future?
- Writer who has a legion of fans and great success: Is this any good? Will anyone buy this? Am I terrible hack with no future?"

Gwenda Bond, “Ten Reasons To Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Paper (or, Go Team Writers).”

Writers, all of this truly is required reading. Plus, there’s a seal pup!

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"To most, being locked away in solitary with nothing but pen and paper would prove a hard punishment. What a strange creature who views this as heaven."

Richelle E. Goodrich (via writingquotes)

"Take a writer away from his typewriter and all you have left is the sickness that started him writing in the first place."

Charles Bukowski (via fromateenwriter)

"Sometimes setting details – like a jungle on fire, or moonlight sparkling on a lake – are so important to plot or character development that it’s appropriate to include visual setting at the launch of a scene. This is often the case in books set in unusual, exotic or challenging locations such as snowy Himalayan mountains, lush inlands or brutal desert climates. If the setting is going to bear dramatically on the characters and the plot, then there is every reason to let it lead into the scene that will follow."

Jordan E. Rosenfeld (via writingquotes)

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