"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
"The more fiction you read and write, the more you'll find your paragraphs forming on their own. And that's what you want. When composing it's best not to think too much about where paragraphs begin and end; the trick is to let nature take its course. If you don't like it later on, fix it … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017
"What I've learned to do when I sit down to work on a shitty first draft is to quiet the voices in my head...Left to its own devices, my mind spends much of its time having conversations with people who aren't there. I walk along defending myself to people, or exchanging repartee with them, or … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017
"All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know."--Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
Aaaaaaaaaand....we're back. To the twofers. I can only imagine what this person's résumé must look like...hey, bub--you should have hired Write, Already!
"I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops."--Stephen King, On Writing
Not a twofer...but every bit just as retina-searing. I mean, they clearly went to some effort, what with all the spiffy graphics and all...
"For me and most of the other writers I know, writing is not rapturous. In fact, the only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really shitty first drafts."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
"I know some very great writers, writers you love who write beautifully and have made a great deal of money, and not ONE of them sits down routinely feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident. Not one of them writes elegant first drafts." "All right, one of them does, but we do not like her very much."--Anne … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017
on Helping Writers become Authors: When looking for a new book to read, there are a couple quick tests I do to determine whether it seems like I can trust the author to know what they’re doing all book long. The first and most important of these tests usually requires just a quick glance across […] … Continue reading 3 Tips for Improving Show, Don’t Tell – by K.M. Weiland… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog