"Writing a book is easy. Writing a *good* book is hard. It’s like shitting out a typewriter one painful, jagged mechanical part at a time."
"You have to know human behaviour … And the quality of your writing is absolutely capped at your understanding of human behaviour. You’ll never write above what you know about people."
— Tony Gilroy (BAFTA/BFI Screenwriters Lecture)
"If you write just about one type of person, not only is that boring, not only does that deprive people of other points of view, it is also just false. It’s not what the world looks like. You should try to write about the world that’s there, because that’s the interesting one."
Joseph Fink, who’s p good at writing, I think. (from this week’s Philadelphia Weekly)
"Anecdotes don’t make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about."
"Imagination doesn’t just mean making things up. It means thinking things through, solving them, or hoping to do so, and being just distant enough to be able to laugh at things that are normally painful. Head teachers would call this escapism, but they would be entirely wrong. I would call fantasy the most serious, and the most useful, branch of writing there is. And this is why I don’t, and never would, write Real Books."
— Diana Wynne Jones, “Why Don’t You Write Real Books?” (via ballerinaduck
"Writing, and plot specifically, can be almost universally defined as people being miserable in interesting ways."
— Admin C
"“The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams." - George R.R. Martin
"There’s no money in poetry, but there’s no poetry in money, either."