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Don't think about making art, just get it done
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.
You're slowly chugging along your story when suddenly you stop. You are plunged into a cold sweat and you stare at your words. They start to blur. They no longer make sense. Your hands begin to shake with anxiety. And you don't know why this is happening. (Or you do and all you're thinking is "Oh, no, not again...")
"But, what if my hurdle doesn't make sense? What if all I'm doing is adding empty nonsense that I'm bound to cut out anyway?"
If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word
You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will
“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.”
“A writer, even a fantasy writer, has an obligation to tell the truth and the truth is, as we say in Game of Thrones, all men must die.”
This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy and that hard
-Bill KenowerThe moment I believe that someone else’s opinion of my work is more important than my own, I am lost. I have nothing to guide me through the uncharted waters of a story. If I believe this, then I have annihilated my own curiosity in favor of another person’s.
Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations
A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club
Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere
Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers
Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.
Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.
-The Princess and the FrogThere’s been trials and tribulations (you know I’ve had my share), but I’ve climbed a mountain and I’ve crossed a river and I’m almost there…I’m almost there
Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can
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