Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very;” your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.
I try to leave out the parts that people skip.
No kidding, the best advice I ever read. For a while I’d be all… “Ugh, I have to write that scene,” and if you don’t want to write the scene, why the hell would anyone want to read the scene? Sum it up and move on. You don’t have to write a play by play of life for your characters–only the important parts.
I realize there are times when self-doubt about the ability to really pull off an important scene slips in, but that’s the thing: you know it’s an important scene. In that case, write the damn thing and pretend it’s just a placeholder scene so you can move on. Sometimes, this little trick is all that keeps me sort of sane. You’re not writing THE scene. You’re giving your muse the chance to stretch out a little before the real writing starts. ;-)
And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive… then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You get what you need
Remember why you were doing it in the first place? Because while you were writing, you could fly. You could do magic. You were one of the immortals—and, dammit, isn’t being one of the immortals heady stuff? Remember? You have written because of love, and you know what that blood-pulsing, heart-pounding, adrenalin-high, I-can-do-anything rush is all about. You know.
–Holly Lisle (again)
Writing fiction is a fire that burns inside of you, and burns you from the inside out. It sears away the lies you tell yourself, it sears away the masks you hide behind, and in the end it refines you the way fire refines gold.
In addition to being a very talented writer, Holly Lisle gives and gives to the writing community. If you’re a writer, go check her site out, because she has a lot of helpful articles, FAQs, and essays.
“Life isn’t divided into genres. It’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you’re lucky.”