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

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

"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

"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

"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