"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 have my own dislikes--I believe that anyone using the phrase 'That's so cool' should have to stand in the corner, and that those using the far more odious phrases 'at this point in time' and 'at the end of the day' should be sent to bed without supper."--Stephen King, On Writing
"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
"Writing can be a pretty desperate endeavor, because it is about some of our deepest needs: our need to be visible, to be heard, our need to make sense of our lives, to wake up and grow and belong."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."--E. L. Doctorow
"It is fantasy to think that successful writers do not have these bored, defeated hours, these hours of deep insecurity when one feels as small and jumpy as a water bug. They do. But they also often feel a great sense of amazement that they get to write, and they know that this is what … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017
"Remember that the basic rule of vocabulary is use the first word that comes to your mind, if it is appropriate and colorful. If you hesitate and cogitate, you will come up with another word--but it probably won't be as good as your first one, or as close to what you really mean."--Stephen King, On … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom
When you come up with a really good idea for a story…and you actually remember it when you sit down to write.
How quickly time passes when you're really writing in the zone.
The good news is that some days it feels like you just have to keep getting out of your own way so that whatever it is that wants to be written can use you to write it...but the bad news is that if you're at all like me, you'll probably read over what you've written … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom