Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"I like for (narrators) to have hope--if a friend or a narrator reveals himself or herself to be hopeless too early on, I lose interest. It depresses me. It makes me overeat."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"I like (narrators) to be mentally ill in the same sorts of ways that I am; for instance, I have a friend who said one day, 'I could resent the ocean if I tried,' and I realized that I love that in a guy."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"(Narrators) shouldn't be too perfect; perfect means shallow and unreal and fatally uninteresting. I like for them to have a nice sick sense of humor and to be concerned with important things..."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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

"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

"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