36 Brilliant Pieces of Advice on Writing Feb 07


The psyche of a writer bounces wildly, hourly, from confidence to self-doubt with stops along the way for joy, fear, questioning one’s choices in life, and cookies. Wild times like these call for reassurance. Here are some of the reminders I keep for myself that putting words on paper is indeed worth pursuing.

The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.

- Steven Pressfield

The skill it takes to produce a sentence—the skill of lining events, actions, and objects in a strict logic—is also the skill of creating a world.

- Stanley Fish

The more circumspectly you delay writing down an idea, the more maturely developed it will be on surrendering itself.

- Walter Benjamin

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

Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish.

- John Steinbeck

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It is only when I go ahead and decide to empty my literary, creative wad on a daily basis that I get any sense of full presence, of being Zorba the Greek at the keyboard. Otherwise, I am a wired little rodent squirreling things away, hoarding and worrying about supply.

Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird #