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August is archive month. Posts from the past

What fantasy can do for you – Terry Pratchett QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can. Terry Pratchett Advertisements

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Writing Quotes Number 3 from the Archives

Aside from heavy drinking, the creation of lists is the most effective temporary form of anxiety relief that I know of, and, as a bonus, it’s substantially cheaper and results … Continue reading

August 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Writing Quote Number 1 from the Archives

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · 4 Comments

What kind of creature is a short story writer? Author Joseph O’ Connor is certain of one thing…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

What kind of strange creature is a short story writer? I must confess that I don’t know. A high priest or priest of art? A wounded soul who can’t understand … Continue reading

July 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to turn into people on the page…QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink … Continue reading

February 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Where Stephen King gets his ideas QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

So where do the ideas—the salable ideas—come from? They come from my nightmares. Not the night-time variety, as a rule, but the ones that hide just beyond the doorway that … Continue reading

January 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

How writers should be treated by Robert A. Heinlen QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

  There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. The only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation … Continue reading

December 11, 2016 · 5 Comments

“A blank page is also a door…” David Mitchell QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

A blank page is also a door — it contains infinity, like a night sky with a supermoon really close to the Earth, with all the stars and the galaxies, … Continue reading

October 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

“Every fictional plot contains hints and traces of the stories it has excluded…” Susan Sontag QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Every fictional plot contains hints and traces of the stories it has excluded or resisted in order to assume its present shape. Alternatives to the plot ought to be felt … Continue reading

October 2, 2016 · 4 Comments

“…a writer has the duty to be good, not lousy…” E.B. White QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

A writer should concern himself with whatever absorbs his fancy, stirs his heart, and unlimbers his typewriter. I feel no obligation to deal with politics. I do feel a responsibility … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · 4 Comments

“I don’t think writer’s block actually exists…” Philipp Meyer QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I don’t think “writer’s block” actually exists. It’s basically insecurity — it’s your own internal critic turned up to a higher level than it’s supposed to be at that moment, … Continue reading

September 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

“…writers who believe one word is as good as another…” Gore Vidal QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

For every Scott Fitzgerald concerned with the precise word and the selection of relevant incident, there are a hundred American writers, many well-regarded, who appear to believe that one word … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

Why Kate Atkinson isn’t a postmodern writer…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

The legacy of the fairy story in my brain is that everything will work out. In fiction it would be very hard for me, as a writer, to give a … Continue reading

August 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mark Billingham on stepping back from writing…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Crime fiction is all about solving a series of problems and finding a way of getting through or round or over the walls you keep running into. So sometimes I … Continue reading

August 21, 2016 · Leave a comment