Things are not always as they seem

"Open your mind to new experiences, particularly to the study of other people. Nothing that happens to a writer – however happy, however tragic – is ever wasted. Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell."

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P.D. JAMES

"What isn’t said is as important as what is said. In many classic short stories, the real action occurs in the silences. Try to keep all the good stuff off the page."

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COLSON WHITEHEAD

"There’ll come a writing phase where you have to defend the time, unplug the phone and put in the hours to get it done."

- James Taylor (via writingquotes)

"You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it."

- Neil Gaiman (via unendedtalesunravel)

(via clairetheprincess)

"I don’t know if there is any one secret to successful writing, but one important step is to move beyond imitation and discover what you can write that no one else can - that is, find out who you are and write that in an appropriate narrative and style."

- James Gunn (via writingquotes)

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."

- Ernest Hemingway (via quotes-shape-us)

"Writers end up writing about their obsessions. Things that haunt them; things they can’t forget; stories they carry in their bodies waiting to be released."

- Natalie Goldberg  (via sumiremiu)

(Source: seabois, via movieonyoureyelids)

skullsrfriends:

What you write depends so much on what you are, you know.

—Aristophanes - The Poet and the Women - Trans. David Barrett

"A writer is, after all, only half his book. The other half is the reader and from the reader the writer learns."

- P.L. Travers (via writingquotes)