write more, write better

September 17, 2019

It’s a numbers game, folks. The more you try, the more you succeed. The less you try, the less you succeed. This is true for everything. If you write more, you will write better. If you think about line length more, you will think about line length better. If you submit more, you will publish more. If you submit better, you will publish better.”

Camille T. Dungy
Say Yes to Yourself: A Poet’s Guide to Living and Writing
May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine

Character creation

July 11, 2019

The process by which I created my characters was instinctive, the sum of my whole experience of others and of my own potential self; and so it had always been. Sometimes I don’t actually meet a character I have created in a novel until some time after the novel has been written and published.

Muriel Spark
Loitering with Intent

driven to writing

April 12, 2018

I have been driven to writing by sheer ineptitude. I wanted to write, of course, always. I did a certain amount of stuff but I couldn’t get anything published – it was too bad. I think writers today learn so much more quickly. I mean, I could no more write as well at their age than fly.

Lawrence Durrell
Interview with Gene Andrewski & Julian Mitchell for Paris Review Issue 22