I like to get ten pages a day, which amounts to 2,000 words. That’s 180,000 words over a three-month span, a goodish length for a book — something in which the reader can get happily lost, if the tale is… Read more

Don’t get it right – get it WRITTEN! Lee Child (via writerniche)

Don’t get it right – get it WRITTEN! Lee Child (via writerniche)

writingbox: You must learn to hush the demons that whisper, “No one wants to read this. This has already been said. Your voice doesn’t matter.” In the rare moments when the voices finally hush, you might hear the angels sing…. Read more

writingbox: You must learn to hush the demons that whisper, “No one wants to read this. This has already been said. Your voice doesn’t matter.” In the rare moments when the voices finally hush, you might hear the angels sing…. Read more

The novel’s spirit is the spirit of complexity. Every novel says to the reader: “Things are not as simple as you think.” That is the novel’s eternal truth, but it grows steadily harder to hear amid the din of easy,… Read more

The novel’s spirit is the spirit of complexity. Every novel says to the reader: “Things are not as simple as you think.” That is the novel’s eternal truth, but it grows steadily harder to hear amid the din of easy,… Read more

A writer caught reading can legitimately say, ‘I’m working.’ Because every sentence we read informs the sentences we write. Every word picture we linger over helps expand our skill at creating gripping analogies, metaphors, similes. Every page we turn develops… Read more

A writer caught reading can legitimately say, ‘I’m working.’ Because every sentence we read informs the sentences we write. Every word picture we linger over helps expand our skill at creating gripping analogies, metaphors, similes. Every page we turn develops… Read more

A short story is the ultimate close-up magic trick – a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart. Neil Gaiman (via writingbonesblog)

A short story is the ultimate close-up magic trick – a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart. Neil Gaiman (via writingbonesblog)

Don’t let it get you down. Just get it done. Me! (Stephanie Tillman, WriteInspiration)

Don’t let it get you down. Just get it done. Me! (Stephanie Tillman, WriteInspiration)

As a storyteller, your job is to be an asshole. To the characters, and by proxy, to the readers themselves. Yours is the vibe of the cult leader – you give a little love, then you punish. A little love…… Read more

As a storyteller, your job is to be an asshole. To the characters, and by proxy, to the readers themselves. Yours is the vibe of the cult leader – you give a little love, then you punish. A little love…… Read more

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest (via wnq-writers)

The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest (via wnq-writers)

The books a writer reads are so important; they form a compost bed beneath the rosebushes of her own writing. Ben Dolnick  (via psliterary)

The books a writer reads are so important; they form a compost bed beneath the rosebushes of her own writing. Ben Dolnick  (via psliterary)

Editing is everything. Cut until you can cut no more. What is left often springs into life. Esther Freud (via psliterary ) “Kill your darlings” isn’t always referring to characters. It’s easy to want to hang onto every word you’ve… Read more