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    For all the people who ask me for writing advice…


    Neil Gaiman

    1 Write.

    2 Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.

    3 Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.

    4 Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is.

    Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.

    6 Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.

    7 Laugh at your own jokes.

    8 The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.

    Read the whole article. It’s filled with great advice from wonderful writers…

    — 1 year ago with 6551 notes
    #neil gaiman  #writing  #writing advice  #writing inspiration  #queue 

Edna St. Vincent Millay reads and writes.

My heart is what it was before A house where people come and go, But it is winter with your love: The sashes are beset with snow.


    Edna St. Vincent Millay reads and writes.

    My heart is what it was before
    A house where people come and go,
    But it is winter with your love:
    The sashes are beset with snow.

    — 1 year ago with 62 notes
    #edna st. vincent milla  #Poetry  #poets  #writing inspiration 
    "Writers are desperate people, and when they stop being desperate they stop being writers."
    — 1 year ago with 5322 notes
    #writing  #charles bukowski  #quotes  #lives of not so quiet desperation  #writing inspiration 
    "Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia."
    Kurt Vonnegut   (via subduedintellectual)
    — 1 year ago with 212 notes
    #lit  #Kurt Vonnegut  #writing  #literature  #writing tips  #writing inspiration 
    ideas and pitches and pride →

    Coming up with story ideas and essay pitches in the shower and feeling impressed by their obvious appeal seems a bit like those American Idol contestants, who also feel damn proud of their efforts as long as they’re under pelting water, in a small space with only themselves to judge. We know how mediocre or just plain bad some of those people sound as soon as they’re in front of other people.   

    read the rest of “ideas and pitches and pride”.

    — 2 years ago
    #janeyford  #essays  #writing  #writing inspiration  #self-doubt  #pride  #the writing process  #shower thoughts  #processing ideas 
    "Scott for gods sake write and write truly no matter who or what it hurts but do not make these silly compromises."
    Hemingway to Fitzgerald (via writethatshitdown)

    (Source:, via writethatshitdown)

    — 2 years ago with 11 notes
    #ernest hemingway  #F. Scott Fitzgerald  #letters  #on writing  #writing inspiration  #let's all write each other letters like this 


    Flying Dragons are lizards from Southeast Asia that use folds of skin extending from each side of their bodies to glide from tree to tree. (Great Migrations - NGC)

    Just another post reminder to myself to take some freaking flying leaps today.

    — 2 years ago with 6140 notes
    #draco lizard  #lizard  #reptile  #gif  #animals  #flying leaps!  #inspiration  #writing inspiration 
    "I make it a rule to try everything," she said. "Don’t you think it would be very annoying if you tasted ginger for the first time on your death-bed, and found you never liked anything so much? I should be so exceedingly annoyed that I think I should get well on that account alone."
    Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out
    — 2 years ago with 7 notes
    #food  #virginia woolf  #necessities  #ginger  #the voyage out  #literary  #quotations  #words rattling around in my head  #writing inspiration