How can you write if you can't cry? --Ring Lardner
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
To a young writer, William Faulkner urged: "Read, read, read. Read everything--trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window."
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
People who write are driven. Otherwise nobody would do it. I mean, I was warned when I began writing that it was very, very hard. I thought it was easy. I thought, well, you don't have to show up anywhere and go to work, and you can make up stories, and so forth. But I was warned, rightly, that it was very, very hard work. All writers who regularly write, I think are driven.
The main problem in my second novel is drawing out the female protagonist. She is 21, admitted to a psych ward of a hospital after a suicide...
These two writers (who couldn't be more different) say the same thing: Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of th...
Taking a break from writing to wallow in my role as a curmudgeon. Don't overestimate the decency of the human race. --H.L. Mencken ...