My imagination, unbidden, possessed and guided me, gifting the successive images that arose in my mind with a vivdness far beyond the usual bounds of reverie….
A writer will always be a writer. It’s not a choice, it’s a destiny.
Love the work: the grind, the dreaming, the distracted not-sleep, all of it. It’s the one thing in the job that will always be there, and the real pleasure in the profession. Everything else is luck.
A really well-done first draft of a book bares your soul. The purpose of revision is so that everyone who reads the published version believes you were writing about theirs.
On a related note, I think for many of us, the first step in becoming a good writer is to write crap. In all seriousness, none of us are born knowing how to write. Almost all of us will produce a lot of really lousy stories before we start to get good. (Not all of us will choose to publish those lousy stories, but that’s a whole separate discussion…)
It’s the writing that teaches you.
You need three things to become a successful novelist: talent, luck and discipline. Discipline is the one element of those three things that you can control, and so that is the one that you have to focus on controlling, and you just have to hope and trust in the other two.
Screenplays are structure, and that’s all they are. The quality of writing-which is crucial in almost every other form of literature-is not what makes a screenplay work. Structure isn’t anything else but telling the story, starting as late as possible, starting each scene as late as possible. You don’t want to begin with “Once upon a time,
You could say, in a way, that I’m not actually a writer, though perhaps I might be called a recorder? … I just happen to be one of those holding the pen, that’s all.
You are not an “author,” you are a writer. If your books are still selling like hotcakes ten years after your demise, THEN you’re an author.