Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Being swept away by a combination of great story and great writing--of being flattened, in fact--is part of every writer's necessary formation. You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you."--Stephen King, On Writing

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Bad things happen to good characters, because our actions have consequences, and we do not all behave perfectly all the time. As soon as you start protecting your characters from the ramifications of their less-than-lofty behavior, your story will start to feel flat and pointless, just like in real life."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Good writing...teaches the learning writer about style, graceful narration, plot development, the creation of believable characters, and truth-telling. A novel like The Grapes of Wrath may fill a new writer with feelings of despair and good old-fashioned jealousy...but such feelings can also serve as a spur, goading the writer to work harder and aim higher."--Stephen … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"No matter what, you are probably going to have to let bad things happen to some . of the characters you love or you won't have much of a story."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Almost everyone can remember losing his or her virginity, and most writers can remember the first book he/she put down thinking: I can do better than this. Hell, I am doing better than this! What could be more encouraging to the struggling writer than to realize his/her work is unquestionably better than that of someone who … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot...I don't read in order to study the craft; I read because I like to read...I don't read fiction to study the art of fiction, but simply because I like stories...Every book you pick … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017