Category: on writing

I don’t know how to write. I know how I write. And then the next day, I don’t know again. The not knowing is what makes writing interesting and enjoyable to me.

You must write. It’s not enough to start by thinking. You become a writer by writing. It’s a yoga.

Once I believed to remain true to my art I had to keep the world away. I had to cloister. I remained pure. Of what? Who knows. My feeling of myself as an artist has changed.

Writing permits me to be more than I am. Writing permits me to experience life as any number of strange creations.

Think about your first ten pages as being all about: Who is my character? How do I reveal my character as best as I possibly can?

Smarten up your protagonist. 
Your protagonist is your reader’s portal into the story. The more observant he or she can be, the more vivid will be the world you’re creating.

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.

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The line of dialogue belongs to the character; the verb is the writer sticking his nose in.

Why say “very beautiful”? “Beautiful” is enough.