If the reader understands the details you have left out of your story, then you’ve done your job well. You’ve written a good work.
“We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes it directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and meditation, connecting us both to our own insights and to a higher and deeper level of inner guidance.
We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. We should write because writing is good for the soul. We should write because writing yields us a body of work, a felt path through the world we live in.
We should write, above all, because we are writers, whether we call ourselves that or not.”
The world is a hellish place, and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering.
God knows you’re in the most depressing and discouraging surroundings — but that’s what makes a writer. You have to catch hell. You’ve got to take punishment … Write a lot — but see a lot more. Keep your ears and eyes going and try all the time to get your conversations right.
Ernest Hemingway’s advice to a young writer
Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.
First, I get a notebook and I observe everyone I encounter.
Second, I watch everything everyone does. I write down not only what they look like, but how they act, how they carry themselves, how they talk, their mannerisms, how they walk, how they react to other people. Everything I observe about them I make note of it (even what they say).
Third, when I begin the process of writing a story, I pull these people and their characteristics out of this notebook and use them. However, these things now belong to me, so I push them, I exaggerate them, I twist them, turn them, and make them fit into the various characters I need for my story. I work these things like dough until I get them all just right, then I put them on paper and tell the story.
Write. Start writing today. Start writing right now. Don’t write it right, just write it — and then make it right later. Give yourself the mental freedom to enjoy the process, because the process of writing is a long one. Be wary of ‘writing rules’ and advice. Do it your way.
Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.