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Quote of the day: WRITING

November 3, 2013

WRITING

I am an unashamed dinosaur; I still seek out a plot-driven narrative with a beginning, a middle and an end — the last reached after a steadily accelerating cadence. As to research, I eschew virtually all online fact searching because so much is either rubbish or inadequate. The old ways still work best. I seek out the expert steeped in knowledge of his subject and ask for an hour of his time. I usually secure everything I need and probably several extraordinary anecdotes that would never be on the Internet. The same applies to places — even hellholes like Mogadishu. It is a slog to haul the old bones across the world, but I could never have described Somalia from 6,000 miles away. The obsession with accuracy, deriving from my years in journalism, pays off. The readers seem to like it.

— Frederick Forsyth

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Quote of the day: WRITING

April 25, 2013

WRITING

You are working on a first draft and small wonder you’re unhappy. If you lack confidence in setting one word after another and sense that you are stuck in a place from which you will never be set free, if you feel sure that you will never make it and were not cut out to do this, if your prose seems stillborn and you completely lack confidence, you must be a writer.

— John McPhee

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Quote of the day: WRITING

November 4, 2012

WRITING

I still find that I censor myself for whatever reason – maybe it’s too personal, too risky, something you think might get a bad review. I do a lot of talking to myself when I’m writing – usually I have a separate document open on my computer which is just my internal monologue about what the play is about, what the characters are doing, or just frustrated self-criticism. I find that helps because when I’m forcing myself to type every thought I have, no matter how insignificant or banal, then suddenly I’m not deciding what to type, I’m just recording thoughts. Again, it’s about getting out of my own way.

— playwright Samuel D. Hunter, interview by Caridad Svich in American Theatre


Quote of the day: WRITING

September 3, 2012

Quote of the day: WRITING

June 6, 2012

WRITING

A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

— Thomas Mann

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