Salman Rushdie at POWERHOUSE Arena, 8/25/14
"How many times as a writer have you gotten so caught up in the next step of the writing process that you lose sight of the real finish-line: getting to the end? Are you suffering from a case of go-back-and-gix-it, or worse, page-perfectionitis? Stop worrying about editing or finding the perfect word, and just get to the end."
"I have spent a good many years since ― too many, I think ― being ashamed about what I write. I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction or poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that’s all."
— Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (via maxkirin
Martin Amis at the PEN World Voices Festival, 5/3/14
"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn."
"The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one’s obsessions, is what distinguishes artists from entertainers, and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all."
"Fetishizing ‘power’ in women characters – having them kicking ass and always being ready with a putdown - isn’t the same as writing them as human beings."
"There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges."
"My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying."
"Of the many privileges afforded a writer, perhaps the one I cherish most is the right to be nosy."