"Thinking is abstract. Knowing and believing are intangible. Your story will always be stronger if you just show the physical actions and details of your characters and allow your reader to do the thinking and knowing. And loving and hating."
— Chuck Palahnuik
"For each person there is a sentence—a series of words—which has the power to destroy them."
"We all know writing is a reclusive, lonely endeavour. It just is. But nobody writes alone."
From “Place” by Dorothy Allison in The Writer’s Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House. Tin House Books: 2009.
"What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story."
"You can seek the advice of others. Surround yourself with trusted advisors. But in the end the decision is always yours and yours alone."
"First, as you open your story, give your reader an emotional touchstone — plunge a character into an emotion-provoking situation. Fiction writing involves human characters, and human characters have emotions. You can touch your reader best if you introduce a character with problems the reader can sympathize with at the very beginning."
"What you want is practice, practice, practice. It doesn’t matter what we write (at least this is my view) at our age, so long as we write continually as well as we can. I feel that every time I write a page either of prose or of verse, with real effort, even if it’s thrown into the fire the next minute, I am so much further on."