To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.
When I used to teach creative writing, I would tell students to make their characters want something, even if it's only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaningless of modern life still have to drink water from time to time.
The incomparable Kurt Vonnegut gave a lecture once in which he discussed the shapes of stories. Stories of all types, he points out, have very nice curves that can be plotted on a chart. His thoughts apply to screenplays, novels, poems, and everything in between. Learn from Vonnegut's example. You may have a brilliant idea... Continue Reading →
Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?
My relatives say that they are glad I'm rich, but that they simply cannot read me.