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Wise Words About Endings (and New Beginnings, Too)
Dec 29, 2021
“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”
Octavia E. Butler
"Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties.”
It wouldn't happen... There hasn't been one publication by a monkey.
Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.
I don't feel any commitment to any external idea of truth.
"Concentration is more important than imagination."
Book was due today but so be it.
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."
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