Don't Be A Writer

Ideas & tips from a young writer. Also hilarity.

I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.

—Shannon Hale (via maxkirin)

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that terrifying moment when everything is happily resolved but the book still has 200 pages left

that terrifying moment when there’s too many things that need resolving but the book has only 20 pages left




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Almost anyone can write; only writers know how to rewrite. It is this ability alone that turns the amateur into the professional.

—William C. Knott, The Craft of Fiction (via the-right-writing)

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Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear.

—Patricia Fuller (via maxkirin)

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Writers don’t write from experience, although many are hesitant to admit that they don’t. …If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.

—Nikki Giovanni (via writersrelief)

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I had people read it early on and, you know, well-meaning people said to me, you should take out the blogs. I didn’t get much positive feedback. Only because most of these people were protective of me — it was sort of like a “tone it down, make it easier to swallow” kind of thing. And I just thought if I do that then it’s not the book I want to write.

—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (via writingquotes)

new novelists seem to have a particular hang-up about making sure their idea has ‘never been done before’…. let me try and put your mind at ease: it’s all been done before.

—joseph bates, the nighttime novelist  (via writetogetherfighttogether)