If you’re a highly creative person, you probably don’t know exactly what makes you tick. Your ideas come from…somewhere, without you knowing most of the time where that really is. But you do know one thing for sure. You want more. More creativity, more original ideas, more zings of inspiration every day. As a creative writer, this is what gets you off and keeps you fulfilled in life. A dynamic, satisfying relationship with your Muse.
how to write
What’s the difference between telepathy and telekinesis? Have the Rolling Stones ever played a show in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania? What actually lives in underwater caves?
If you’re writing a story—any story—chances are that you’ll run into questions that need answers. And these answers are usually relevant, if not essential, to your storyline. When you hit an impasse like this it suddenly seems urgent that you stop writing and turn to research instead. The rational, logical part of your brain steps in and advises that you can’t possibly go on creating your story if you don’t have all the facts yet.
Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
If you haven’t got an idea, start a story anyway. You can always throw it away, and maybe by the time you get to the fourth page you will have an idea, and you’ll only have to throw away the first three pages.
—William Campbell Gault
Pay attention to the sound of words.
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.
When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.
Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.
Books aren’t written, they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.
Improvement is first and foremost about looking for your strengths and maximizing the shit out of them, rather than wasting all your energy on trying to make your weaknesses bearable.
You must learn to overcome your very natural and appropriate revulsion for your own work.
Exposure is what people die of when they get lost in the woods. Artists need to get paid.
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