Category Archives: Quotations

Influence

Influence isn’t just a matter of copying someone or learning his or her tricks. You get influenced by writers whose work gives you hints about your own abilities and inclinations. Being influenced is largely a process of self-discovery. What you … Continue reading

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How do writers read?

Here are some of the first few pages of Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer. They describe our approach to this class (English 412R, Fall 2017).

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The centrality of characterization

When people come together—let’s say they come to a little party or something—you always hear them discuss character. They will say this one has a bad character, this one has a good character, this one is a fool, this one … Continue reading

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Raymond Chandler on writing and revision

Throw up into your typewriter every morning. Clean up every afternoon. –Raymond Chandler  

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Tips on writing from Kurt Vonnegut

I noticed this at Lifehacker.com, though it’s easily found other places as well. In his book Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction, Vonnegut listed eight rules for writing a short story: Use the time of a total stranger in such a … Continue reading

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Austin suggested this for us

  A few years ago for NaNoWriMo, Neil Gaiman sent the following email to hopeful NaNo’s, I thought it may be helpful to the class: Dear NaNoWriMo Author, By now you’re probably ready to give up. You’re past that first … Continue reading

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William Faulkner

I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately, I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.

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