Jun 27, 2018
Every sentence must do one of two things: reveal character or advance the action.
The writer's job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.
The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink.
Whether or not you write well, write bravely.
I try to pull the language into such a sharpness that it jumps off the page…. It must look easy, but it takes me forever.
Don't be afraid to write crap because crap often makes good fertilizer.
Write first drafts as if they will never be shown to anyone.
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything good.
The gift of words is the gift of deception and illusion.
Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.