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…)
Every writer or wanna-be writer has ideas for books. The problem isn’t finding an idea, it’s choosing one
I’ve always loved the night, when everyone else is asleep and the world is all mine. It’s quiet and dark-the perfect time for creativity.
What I like about the job of being a novelist, and at the same time what I find so exhausting about it, is that it’s the closest thing to being God you’re ever going to get. All the decisions are yours. You decide when the sun comes up. You decide who gets to fall in love and who gets hit by a car. You have to make all the trees and all the leaves and then sew the leaves onto the trees. You make the entire world.
The novella will be called, I think, “The Messiah of Stockholm.
I’ve never thought of writing as the mere arrangement of words on the page but the attempted embodiment of a vision; a complex of emotions; raw experience. The effort of memorable art is to evoke in the reader or spectator emotions appropriate to that effort.
There’s nothing more intoxicating than creating something from nothing. Creating something from yourself.” Professor Piper
Nothing listens as well as a blank page.
…writing with ferocity is a gift, provided that ferocity is a monomaniacal devotion to pursuing the truth …
Writing is talking, except you get the chance to edit what you just said