"Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go."
— E. L. Doctorow (via maxkirin)

Source: maxkirin

"Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up."
— Jane Yolen (via maxkirin)

Source: maxkirin

"The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart."
— Maya Angelou (via writingbox)

Source: writingbox

"When in doubt, the rule of threes is a rule that plays well with all of storytelling. When describing a thing? No more than three details. A character’s arc? Three beats. A story? Three acts. An act? Three sequences. A plot point culminating in a mystery of a twist? At least three mentions throughout the tale. This is an old rule, and a good one. It’s not universal — but it’s a good place to start. –"
— Chuck Wendig (via writingquotes)

"Beware of self-indulgence. The romance surrounding the writing profession carries several myths: that one must suffer in order to be creative; that one must be cantankerous and objectionable in order to be bright; that ego is paramount over skill; that one can rise to a level from which one can tell the reader to go to hell. These myths, if believed, can ruin you.
If you believe you can make a living as a writer, you already have enough ego."
— David Brin (via writingquotes)

"To the composition of novels and romances, nothing is necessary but paper, and ink, with the manual capacity of using them."
— Henry Fielding (via writingquotes)

"Rereading parts of your novel while writing is like doubling back at rerunning parts of a marathon midrace."
— Chris Baty (via rphelper)

Source: diy-author

"Rejected pieces aren’t failure; unwritten pieces are."
— Greg Daugherty (via planb-becomeapirate)

Source: writingquotes

"People say to write about what you know. I’m here to tell you, no one wants to read that, because you don’t know anything. So write about something you don’t know. And don’t be scared, ever."
— Toni Morrison (via ktempest)

Source: maxkirin

"Others may write from the head, but he writes from the heart, and the heart will always understand him."
— Washington Irving (via writingquotes)