“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.”
Facts, facts, facts; there is nothing but facts. The writer’s first business is to get at these facts exactly —get
Sound is so important to creative writing. Think of the sounds you hear that you include and the similes you use to describe what things sound like. ‘As she walked up the alley, her polyester workout pants sounded like windshield wipers swishing back and forth.’ Cadence, onomatopoeia, the poetry of language are all so important. Learn all that you can about how to bring sound into your work.
A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words
“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you, and we edit to let
We’ve got to have a little humor in our lives. You had better take seriously that which should be taken
“It is not the task of a writer to ‘tell all,’ or even to decide what to leave in, but
When a book leaves its author’s desk it changes. Even before anyone has read it, before eyes other than
When speaking aloud, you punctuate constantly — with body language. Your listener hears commas, dashes, question marks, exclamation points, quotation
Mark Twain, who read widely, was passionately interested in the problems of style; the mark of the strictest literary sensibility
The more closely the author thinks of why he wrote, the more he comes to regard his imagination as
My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the
There should be a law that no ordinary newspaper should be allowed to write about art. The harm they do
“Characters are not created by writers. They pre-exist and have to be found.” Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) What does this mean?
Annie Dillard gave a speech at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This was the advice she thought