“I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.”-W. Somerset Maugham
If that doesn’t demystify the process, I don’t know what does. This is well worth remembering, both for its inherent humor and profound truth. Very happy to have rediscovered The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, with a foreword by Robert McKee. That’s where this quote appeared. Just open to any random page, and you will find a gem, too!
Let’s bust up the seven biggest myths about novelists. If you’re a novelist, an aspiring novelist, a devourer of novels, or all of the above, may the following illuminate, encourage, and inspire you.
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If you’re feeling stuck or just craving inspiration, or if you’d love to get a peek at the creative process of a favorite author, these are for you, thanks to 1st Books* and Boing Boing:
8 Writing tips from F. Scott Fitzgerald (courtesy of 1st Books*)
My favorite of Fitzgerald’s: “I think it’s a pretty good rule not to tell what a thing is about until it’s finished. If you do you always seem to lose some of it. It never quite belongs to you so much again.”Read the rest of his tips here.
6 Writing tips from Kazuo Ishiguro (also courtesy of 1st Books*)
My favorite of Ishiguro’s: “Focus on the relationship, and the characters will take care of themselves.” Read the rest of his tips here.