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Wise Words About Endings (and New Beginnings, Too)
Dec 29, 2021
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you … never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
--Harriet Beecher Stowe
"Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen."
Writing is like bricklaying; you put down one word after another. Sometimes the wall goes up straight and true and sometimes it doesn't and you have to push it down and start again, but you don't stop; it's your trade.
"If you can start and finish a book, then you're already a million miles ahead of all those people who talk about wanting to write a book."
Writing a novel is like building a wall brick by brick; only amateurs believe in inspiration.
I’m a huge believer in revision. The more times you write it, the more it becomes alive.
I start to write without having completed the research, because once you start writing, it opens up a lot of other questions that you need to do research on, and I feel like my research process is never complete.
Art must be given away to maintain its gift value, and the artist must fully nourish their creative spirit by sharing their art.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
Always carry a notebook ... The short term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea forever.
Once you’re a writer, you’re a writer, and that’s what you do, and you can’t escape from it. It is who you become and who you are. To tell you the truth, I feel guilty all the time because I feel like I’m not writing enough or not working enough.
“Nothing turns out quite in the way that you thought it would when you are sketching out notes for the first chapter, or walking about muttering to yourself and seeing a story unroll.”
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