The biggest difference between writing a movie and writing a novel? No one ever tries to sleep with me to get into one of my novels.
We are inspired by divine power to write.
Every writer or wanna-be writer has ideas for books. The problem isn’t finding an idea, it’s choosing one
Writing is talking, except you get the chance to edit what you just said
Style and voice are different. Style is standard conventions of writing. Voice is the distinct way an individual puts words together. All good writers have a near-uniform understanding of style but a voice all their own.
When I had my girls, I knew what magic felt like for the first time. I had created people who didn’t exist before. Now I write for the same reason. Creating people and their life’s stories through my writing is as close to magic as I’ll ever get again.
I’m an author. We don’t want to lead. We don’t need to follow. We stay home and make stuff up and write it down and send it out into the world, and get inside people’s heads. Perhaps we change the world and perhaps we don’t. We never know. We just make stuff up.
Someone asked me, ‘How do you write a book?’ I said, ‘I live with a pen in one hand.
MFA in a Box is designed to help you to find the courage to put truth into words and to understand that writing is a life-and-death endeavor – but that nothing about a life-and-death endeavor keeps it from being laugh-out-loud funny.