Posted on August 31, 2020
I believe myself that a good writer doesn’t really need to be told anything except to keep at it.
Posted on August 24, 2020
I only write when I’m inspired, so I see to it that I’m inspired every morning at nine o’clock.
Posted on August 17, 2020
Your idea sucks. You know it to be true. But that’s okay, because all ideas suck until you turn them into a story.
Posted on August 10, 2020
One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing — writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.
Posted on July 27, 2020
It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.
Posted on July 13, 2020
As for “Write what you know,” I was regularly told this as a beginner. I think it’s a very good rule and have always obeyed it. I write about imaginary countries, alien societies on other planets, dragons, wizards, the Napa Valley in 22002. I know these things. I know them better than anybody else possibly could, so it’s my duty to testify about them.’
Posted on July 6, 2020
Sometimes the ideas just come to me. Other times I have to sweat and almost bleed to make ideas come.