Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"...there is something disconcerting to the writer in the instinct which causes him to take an interest in the singularities of human nature so absorbing that his moral sense is powerless against it. He recognises in himself an artistic satisfaction in the contemplation of evil which a little startles him; but sincerity forces him to … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"...the writer should seek his reward in the pleasure of his work and in release from the burden of his thought; and, indifferent to aught else, care nothing for praise or censure, failure or success."--W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Having a likable narrator is like having a great friend whose company you love, whose mind you love to pick, whose running commentary totally holds your attention, who makes you laugh out loud, whose lines you always want to steal."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"If your narrator is someone whose take on things fascinates you, it isn't really going to matter if nothing much happens for a long time. I could watch John Cleese or Anthony Hopkins do dishes for about an hour without needing much else to happen."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"Think of the basket of each character's life: what holds the ectoplasm together--what are this person's routines, beliefs? What little things would your characters write in their journals: I ate this, I hate that, I did this, I took the dog for a long walk, I chatted with my neighbor. This is all the stuff … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017

"How would your main characters describe their current circumstances to a close friend, before and then after a few drinks? See if you can take dictation from them as they tell you who they think they are and what life has been like lately."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird