Google the phrase, “Writing is like…” and you get pages of insights from all across the board.
Writing is like building a bridge while you’re on it. Writing is like giving yourself homework. Writing is like a sport… prostitution… sex.
But what is writing really like to real writers, the ones who have been successful enough for us to know their names?
Today I am passing on the wisdom of others, fellows actually on the writing path.
“If you are not a reader, don’t even think about writing.”
“There is a certain degree of faith required in writing fiction… You have to take a deep breath, let go of your usual control, and then begin walking in the dark.”
“Time enough to think and cut and rewrite tomorrow. But today- explode- fly apart- disintegrate. The other six or seven drafts are going to be pure torture. So why not enjoy the first draft in the hope that your joy will seek and find others in the world who, reading your story, will catch fire too?”
“Writing is like being in love. You never get better at it or learn more about it. The day you think you do is the day you lose it.”
~James Lee Burke
“Two questions form the foundation of all novels: ‘What if?’ and ‘What next?’”
“I never started a book that I expected to finish.”
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
And a special favorite of mine:
“Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.”
Do you have any favorite quotes about the writing path?
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