4 days ago
The stories and poems I’ve written are not autobiographical, but there is a starting point in the real world for everything I’ve written. Stories just don’t come out of thin air; they come from someplace, a wedding of imagination and reality, a little autobiography and a lot of imagination. Cite Arrow Raymond Carver
3 weeks ago 3 months ago
We have to learn to write fiction, but we have already, to varying degrees, had to learn to read it. And I felt like quite a good reader of fiction, when I began to write fiction, or at least a good reader of that fiction which I most keenly enjoyed. And thus are we shape as writers, I believe, not so much by who our favorite writers are as by our general experience of fiction. Learning to write fiction, we learn to listen for our own acquired sense of what feels right, based on the totality of the pleasure (or its lack) that fiction had provided us. Not direct emulation, but rather a matter of a personal micro-culture. Cite Arrow William Gibson
4 months ago
Dyer has a mind like—I mean this as praise, ­believe it or not—a plastic bag: It drifts easily, snags on everything. He notices foreground and background, the band and the bartender and the design on the napkin. He has one eye on life’s lofty stuff—art, war, time, love, history—and one foot in life’s sludge: indecision, apathy, crabbiness, self-doubt, confusion. His other eye and other foot have wandered off elsewhere. Cite Arrow Kathryn Schulz on the Harmonious Contradictions of Geoff Dyer
8 months ago 9 months ago
I’m not interested in writing short stories. Anything that doesn’t take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing. Cite Arrow Cormac McCarthy
9 months ago 1 year ago




1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
3. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”…he admonished gravely.
5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
6. Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.”
7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9. Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

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