Thursday, May 28, 2015

How to be a Writer | Help from the Best

Like putting the fucking words down.

 I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to 

disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.”

—Elmore Leonard

“I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to 

keep it simple: Tell the damned story.”

—Tom Clancy, WD

“One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write 

badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages 


matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following 

morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing 

up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took 

the day off.”

—Lawrence Block, WD

“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or 

the tools) to write. Simple as that.” 

― Stephen King

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in 


― Anaïs Nin

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until 

the faucet is turned on.” 

― Louis L'Amour

"All writing is re-writing." - Ernest Hemingway

"Write drunk, edit sober." - Ernest Hemingway

“The first draft of anything is shit.” 

― Ernest Hemingway

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you 

put one word after another until its done. It's that easy, and 

that hard.” 

― Neil Gaiman

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than 

it is for other people.” 

― Thomas MannEssays of Three Decades

“One always has a better book in one's mind than one can 

manage to get onto paper.” 

― Michael Cunningham