The more frequently you write and finish a story, the more you’ll get a sense for how to pace yourself and your story. Don’t waste time on backstory or explaining anything at the beginning. Jump in half way through and unpack the story as you go. Some of it will be terrible, some of it you will learn from and some of it might even be quite good.
I may not be remembered as an artist of great fine art. That’s okay. But I refuse to be remembered as someone who let her dream go and watched more TV.
“Thinking about monastic ideals is not the same as living up to them, but at any rate such thinking has an important place in a monk’s life, because you cannot begin to do anything unless you have some idea what you are trying to do.”
– Thomas Merton
A good writer never stops learning, or being excited by a new voice or style. Gone Girl was so structurally clever, I had to read it twice to try to work out how the author pulled it off. Keith Ridgway’s Hawthorn and Child was so odd and angular, I also read it twice – once for pleasure, once as a hard-nosed pro – was he doing anything I could or should be doing?
Writers are made—-forged, really, in a kiln of their own madness and insecurities—-over the course of many moons. The writer you are when you begin is not the writer you become
Chuck Wendig, The Kick-Ass Writer