Writers on writing authors

Le Guin All the information you need can be given in dialogue. Le Guin Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being. In his mind, "writing is not a serious business. Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.

He suggests calling them up to "fire them" without delay. The reader, reading it, makes it live: White A poet can survive everything but a misprint. These essays should come from a diversity of fields, including archaeology, zoology, biology, philosophy, politics, and literature.

Live in the library. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Or keys to keyboard; "Use whatever works," he often says. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Milne A wounded deer leaps the highest. Most of these have to do with the day-in, day-out practices that make up what he calls "writing hygiene.

Reluctantly, he comes to the conclusion that to account for his book is to account for his life. Then write about the former, and "kill" the later — also by writing about them.

Just type any old thing that comes into your head. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about.

Fall in love with movies. List ten things you love, and ten things you hate. Scott Fitzgerald Writing is its own reward. Examine "quality" short stories.

Do the same with your fears. Bear that in mind when you inevitably attempt, consciously or unconsciously, to imitate your favorite writers, just as he imitated H. Do they make fun of your writerly ambitions? You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

Without that exercise, the muscles seize up. Keep writing short stories. They take too long. Doctorow Get it down. I say it just begins to live that day.

Begin your writing life instead by cranking out "a hell of a lot of short stories," as many as one per week. Heinlein The more closely the author thinks of why he wrote, the more he comes to regard his imagination as a kind of self-generating cement which glued his facts together, and his emotions as a kind of dark and obscure designer of those facts.

He waited until the age of 30 to write his first novel, Fahrenheit I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.

To accumulate the intellectual building blocks of these metaphors, he suggests a course of bedtime reading: Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life. He and his wife, who "took a vow of poverty" to marry him, hit 37 before they could afford a car and he still never got around to picking up a license.Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from The New York Times (Times Books, ) Writers on Writing, Volume II: More Collected Essays from The New York Times (Times Books, ).

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