by Fin Wheeler Last month I read Stephen King’s memoir On Writing. As the title suggests, it’s him waxing lyrical about his lean, early years as a writer. He provides extended answers to questions he’s heard a million times from fans and would-be writers over the years. He also extrapolates on topics he always wanted... Continue Reading →
When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.
Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it’s work. … Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything.
I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair - the sense that you can never completely put on the page what's in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.
Fiction is a lie, and good fiction is the truth inside the lie.
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot...reading is the creative center of a writer's life...you cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.