Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"In giving to the character of his invention flesh and bones, (the writer) is giving life to that part of himself which finds no other means of expression. His satisfaction is a sense of liberation."--W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"The character of a scoundrel, logical and complete, has a fascination for his creator which is an outrage to law and order...It may be that in his rogues the writer gratifies instincts deep-rooted in him, which the manners and customs of a civilised world have forced back to the mysterious recesses of the subconscious."--W. Somerset … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"...there is something disconcerting to the writer in the instinct which causes him to take an interest in the singularities of human nature so absorbing that his moral sense is powerless against it. He recognises in himself an artistic satisfaction in the contemplation of evil which a little startles him; but sincerity forces him to … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"...the writer should seek his reward in the pleasure of his work and in release from the burden of his thought; and, indifferent to aught else, care nothing for praise or censure, failure or success."--W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Having a likable narrator is like having a great friend whose company you love, whose mind you love to pick, whose running commentary totally holds your attention, who makes you laugh out loud, whose lines you always want to steal."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"If your narrator is someone whose take on things fascinates you, it isn't really going to matter if nothing much happens for a long time. I could watch John Cleese or Anthony Hopkins do dishes for about an hour without needing much else to happen."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird