the only way
the only way
Productivity is about looking forward. Looking back too much, or trying to be too much of a perfectionist, can destroy that productivity. So keep going. Keep creating. Keep building.
You can’t write a poem until you live.
Writing is painting for the imagination!
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.
Small boys often produce their own plays; but usually the parts are not written out. They hardly need to be, for the main line of each character is always “Stick ’em up!” In these plays the curtain is always rung down on a set of corpses, for small boys are by nature through and uncompromising.
Two questions form the foundation of all novels: “What if?” and “What next?” (A third question, “What now?”, is one the author asks himself every 10 minutes or so; but it’s more a cry than a question.) Every novel begins with the speculative question, What if “X” happened? That’s how you start.
You are your own journey.
Since we must and do write each our own way, we may during actual writing get more lasting instruction not from another’s work, whatever its blessings, however better it is than ours, but from our own poor scratched-over pages. For these we can hold up to life. That is, we are born with a mind and heart to hold each page up to, and to ask: is it valid?
A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.