Tag Archives: Write

I hate first drafts, and it never gets easier. People always wonder what kind of superhero power they’d like to have…I wanted the ability for someone to just open up my brain and take out the entire first draft and lay it down in front of me so I can just focus on the second, third and fourth drafts.

Judy Blume, http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2012/04/festival-of-books-judy-blume.html#sthash.wZKPRT5L.dpuf

The story is not the idea. The story is the telling. Crafting a good plot is one skill. Telling the story is another. Both are necessary, but arguably the second takes much more time and is where the art is. You could give 20 authors the same exact story idea and you’d get 20 different books.

Maureen Johnson

During a performance, the only kind of ‘feedback’ you need is that sense of delight you will get when you are fully absorbed.

John Eliot, “Overachievement”

There is no such thing as an “author.” Instead, there are only people who write stuff that they want other people to buy. Nobody dreams about writing for free, and those few who don’t care whether people buy what they write are called “poets.”

Rob Eager

If you are struggling to justify the importance of your writing, if you are listening to negative value judgments about being a good enough writer or worrying about why you’re not doing something more productive like making widgets, then you aren’t going to be able to make the time [to write].

Stuart Horowitz