“All great works and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door.” ~Albert Camus
“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” Stephen King
Listening to author and writing mentor Al Watt today as he boils story down to three words: Desire. Surrender. Transformation. That nails it for me.
Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader–not the fact that it is raining, but the feelings of being rained upon. ~E.L. Doctorow
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ~ William Wordsworth
Moon on December 25th, storm coming~a night to write
You must open your story to duality and opposition. You must explore all sides of the dramatic question through your characters, search all nooks and crannies for the elixir–your protagonist is only as strong as the forces of opposition.
When you are writing a book, you must learn to listen very closely for what editor Tom Jenks calls the heartbeat of the story. Sometimes you may confuse your own heartbeat with the narrative heartbeat. If you allow your emotional highs and lows to push you around–they may also end up pushing around your prose. Your anxiety, exhaustion, or mania may show up on the page. It’s not that you shouldn’t use your own experience to connect with characters–you should. Your fears and the fears of your protagonist are the same when it comes to their deepest nature. Your shared …
“If my doctor told me I only had six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.” Isaac Asimov