"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."
Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing, a remake of this post. Source.
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"Sometimes setting details – like a jungle on fire, or moonlight sparkling on a lake – are so important to plot or character development that it’s appropriate to include visual setting at the launch of a scene. This is often the case in books set in unusual, exotic or challenging locations such as snowy Himalayan mountains, lush inlands or brutal desert climates. If the setting is going to bear dramatically on the characters and the plot, then there is every reason to let it lead into the scene that will follow."
Jordan E. Rosenfeld (via writingquotes)
Ohh this is a good one, I’m writing something really setting-centric right meow.
Julia Fierro at Astoria Bookstore, 7/15/14
"For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word."
— Catherine Drinker Bowen (via maxkirin
"If someone wanted to be a runner, you don’t tell them to think about running, you tell them to run. And the same simple idea applies to writing."
"Well, as a short-story writer, I don’t think there are any weaknesses to the genre itself. I guess I would say that the difficulty of the form is that one must create an entire world in five to 30 pages, as opposed to 300. There is very little room for fat – you must be economical. And you must begin as close to the end as you possibly can."
"I think enthusiasm is the answer to passionate writing."