Posts tagged writing

“Life is serious but art is fun!”—John Irving

“Life is serious but art is fun!”—John Irving

What interests me about novelists as a species is the obsessiveness of the activity, the fact that novelists have to go on writing. I think that probably must come from a sense of the irrecoverable. In every novelist’s life there is some more acute sense of loss than with other people, and I suppose I must have felt that. I didn’t realize it, I suppose, till the last ten or fifteen years. In fact you have to write novels to begin to understand this. There’s a kind of backwardness in the novel…an attempt to get back to a lost world.
John Fowles (via booklover)
If you find yourself insulted by someone’s reaction to your work. Just use it as fuel, just like every other writer who ever lived.

Brian Koppelman (via davidjwest)

Indeed.

theparisreview:

“Writing makes no noise, except groans, and it can be done everywhere, and it is done alone.” —Ursula K. LeGuin
Bill Cotter lists his favorite quotes from writers on how much they hate writing.

theparisreview:

“Writing makes no noise, except groans, and it can be done everywhere, and it is done alone.” —Ursula K. LeGuin

Bill Cotter lists his favorite quotes from writers on how much they hate writing.

Brief thought on Authorial Intent and Criticism

danwilbur:

When the dust settles, and we realize that books survived and people still read them, someone (maybe even a “scholarly type”) will try to tell you that authorial intent doesn’t matter. This someone will tell you that literature is whatever you make of it and whatever your interpretation is in…

Whatever helps you write, just do it!

Whatever helps you write, just do it!

Yup.

Yup.

The ability to write is quite different from the ability to tell a story. Of course if you do both equally well you can conquer the world.
TBV
You have to have absolute humility about what you’re doing. You have to somehow know that you are capable of enormous idiocies and mistakes and yet not lose your self-confidence in what you’re doing. It’s a difficult line to walk because I know that writer’s block comes almost always from self-doubt. At the same time you have to know that this is a life-long learning process and you’re going to find yourself every 10 years looking back on what you wrote 10 years ago and feeling appalled by it. And that’s good; it means you’re learning and growing.
Dean Koontz (via oliveryeh)

Nothing can compare to books and writing while it’s raining.

This is true except for one detail - add a hot cup of coffee.

I’m an author. We don’t want to lead. We don’t need to follow. We stay home and make stuff up and write it down and send it out into the world, and get inside people’s heads. Perhaps we change the world and perhaps we don’t. We never know. We just make stuff up.
Neil Gaiman

writeworld:

How to Build a Fictional World - Kate Messner

Why is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy so compelling?

The full TedEd lesson may be found on their website.

Good stuff.

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.
Truman Capote; Truman Capote: Conversations (Literary Conversations)
Wasn’t writing a kind of soaring, an achievable form of flight, of fancy, of the imagination?
Ian McEwan; Atonement
Digestion of words as well; I often read aloud to myself in my writing corner in the library, where no one can hear me, for the sake of better savouring the text, so as to make it all the more mine.
Alberto Manguel; The Library at Night