I think everyone, if they sit down and think about it, has a philosophy of life. Something they do that is sacred to them.
On being a writer: “All the days of his life he should be reading as faithfully as his partaking of food; reading, watching, listening.” John Fante
Listen: there’s no such thing as an original idea. That is all at once hugely depressing and massively liberating.
I just thought, “I’m so lonely.”
A writer can never stay away from the pen (or pencil, or keyboard) for long. The only solution is to keep going.
John Grisham used to work 15 or 16 hour days as a lawyer, but he resolved to write one page a day of his first novel when he got home from work.
Writers who decide they want to BE A WRITER forget that, because they’re so concerned with “sounding like a writer” that they become more concerned with sounding smart than they do with communicating what they’re trying to say.
This uh… short story is a prime example of what happens when you replace every word in the sentence with Word’s suggested synonyms.
If there was one quality Bradbury prized above all others in a writer, it was gusto. And it was a quality that Bradbury had in spades.
For most people, writing is a bad cocktail mixed in a slapdash manner: two parts nagging anxiety, shaken with one part frightened procrastination. Fear not. Being a very important writer of enormous acclaim, I can help you with my simple twelve step process.