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

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Writing a first draft is very much like watching a Polaroid develop. You can't--and, in fact, you're not supposed to--know exactly what the picture is going to look like until it has finished developing."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"While it is impossible to make a competent writer out of a bad writer, and while it is equally impossible to make a great writer out of a good one, it is possible, with lots of hard work, dedication, and timely help, to make a good writer out of a merely competent one."--Stephen King, On Writing

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Perfectionism will ruin your writing, blocking inventiveness and playfulness and life force...Perfectionism means that you try desperately not to leave so much mess to clean up. But clutter and mess show us that life is being lived."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Even after a thousand pages we don't want to leave the world the writer has made for us, or the make-believe people who live there...The Rings trilogy of J. R. R. Tolkien is a perfect example of this."--Stephen King, On Writing

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and your shitty first draft."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird