for writers and readers….

Don’t waste time trying to perfect your beginning – says novelist Elizabeth Enfield QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The beginning has to anticipate and reflect what happens in the rest of the book and often you don’t know this until you have reached the end of the first … Continue reading

August 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Beginning with a sense of dread and trepidation: Susan Sontag Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I always begin with a great sense of dread and trepidation. Nietzsche says that the decision to start writing is like leaping into a cold lake. Only when I’m about … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Getting the Opening Write

Originally posted on The Proof Angel blog:
We assess people in the first few moments after meeting them. The same is true of writing. Whether it is a novel, an…

May 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

What are you doing today? Isabel Allende does the same thing on this day every year

“I start all my books on January eighth. Can you imagine January seventh? It’s hell. Every year on January seventh, I prepare my physical space. I clean up everything from … Continue reading

January 8, 2014 · Leave a comment