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Writing in Bits & Pieces

"The way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn't behave that way you would never do anything." Novelist John Irving (1942-) One of my biggest challenges as an aspiring novelist is finding the time to write enough to seem like I've actually… Continue reading Writing in Bits & Pieces

Writing quotes

Forget Talent

Do you love to write? Maybe feel tempted to give it up sometimes because of frustration but find that you can't quite leave it alone (or maybe that it won't leave you alone)? Or maybe know that you'll just keep writing whether you're good or not because you can't imagine not writing? If so, then… Continue reading Forget Talent

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All Those Characters

Here's a quote with novelists in mind: Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him. (Mel Brooks) So maybe those of us who write fiction aren't… Continue reading All Those Characters

Writing quotes

Persistence Pays

Our writing quote for the week is pretty self-explanatory: You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of… Continue reading Persistence Pays