Developing

“Much of your success will be determined by your level of commitment. You are putting yourself out there. Be willing to experiment, risk a bit of your ego, discover your process, deal with uncertainty along the way, and make different choices as you go along. Good writing is good REwriting. Look at error as a teacher, a powerful method to help you improve your skills.”

“The most productive work begins after you have gotten your ideas out of the warm and cozy incubator of your own mind and into the cold light of day.”

“You get no credit for asserting the existence of something we already know exists. You may think that being puzzled or not understanding something testifies to your intellectual failure. Yet almost everything we do starts with someone being puzzled about something, someone with a vague–or specific–dissatisfaction caused by not knowing something that seems important or by wanting to understand something better. The best place to begin thinking is with what you don’t understand but wish you did.”

“You are unlikely to know exactly what point you will make until after you have written that in which you made it. Writing is a way of thinking through a problem, of discovering what you want to say. So do not feel that you should begin to write only when you have a fully articulated point in mind. Instead, write to discover and to refine it.”

“The strongest convention of the novel, prolonged coherence of tone…is false to the nature of whatever can be grasped of human reality…. where contact is more like the flash of fireflies, in and out, now here, not there, in darkness. Short-story writers see by the light of the flash; theirs is the art of the only thing one can be sure of–the present moment.” –Nadine Gordimer

“The divine art is the story.” – Isak Dinesen

“Write to please one person.” Don’t make love to the world.

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