Got nothing for you today. The holiday weekend drained me. Instead, let’s hear what a few other writers have to say about writing, shall we?
Only bad writers think that their work is really good.
Read widely and with discrimination. Bad writing is contagious.
Don’t try to anticipate an “ideal reader” – there may be one, but he/she is reading someone else.
~Joyce Carol Oats
Never use the word “then” as a conjunction – we have “and” for this purpose. Substituting “then” is the lazy or tone-deaf writer’s non-solution to the problem of too many “ands” on the page.
~Jonathan Franzen (Uh oh…)
My breakthrough with the first book came through persistence, because a lot of publishers turned it down.
Pace is crucial. Fine writing isn’t enough. Writing students can be great at producing a single page of well-crafted prose; what they sometimes lack is the ability to take the reader on a journey, with all the changes of terrain, speed and mood that a long journey involves. Again, I find that looking at films can help. Most novels will want to move close, linger, move back, move on, in pretty cinematic ways.
You need a certain amount of nerve to be a writer.
Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t.
You cannot write for children They’re much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them.
If you can’t think of what to write, tough luck; write anyway. If you can think of lots more when you’ve finished the three pages, don’t write it; it’ll be that much easier to get going next day.
Avoid cliques, gangs, groups. The presence of a crowd won’t make your writing any better than it is.
I have pretty thick skin, and I think if you’re going to be in this business, if you’re going to be an actor or a writer, you better have a thick skin.
Very few editors worry about heresy – their goals are much too commercial, thank goodness.
~Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
If you have to read, to cheer yourself up read biographies of writers who went insane.
Try to leave out the part readers tend to skip.
The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think.
Louis Pasteur said, ‘Chance favors the prepared mind.’ If you’re really engaged in the writing, you’ll work yourself out of whatever jam you find yourself in.
As far as I’m concerned, the entire reason for becoming a writer is not having to get up in the morning.
Hope to see you all on Wednesday for IWSG!