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Writing Quotes

{Writing Quotes} “…Writers write from empathy.”

Writers don’t write from experience, although many are hesitant to admit that they don’t. …If you wrote from fromempathyexperience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.
~Nikki Giovanni

I’ve not heard of this author, but came across this quote on Pinterest and kinda loved it!  🙂

I have never been a fan of the whole “write what you know” thing.  It doesn’t make sense.
If we only wrote about what we knew, what genres would that leave us with?  In fact, I’m not sure fiction would even exist, if you took the statement that far.
Fantasy wouldn’t exist.  Sci-fi wouldn’t exist.  I doubt many horror novels would exist–if you’re reading Stephen King, a lot of his inspiration comes from the “what if?” questions, which implies the answer isn’t known right off.

QUOTEWriters write from empathy.Writing fiction shouldn’t be limited by what we do and do not know; by what we have and have not experienced personally.  If there is something that will play an vital part in a story and it needs to be written about well and knowledgeably, then by all means, do your research!  That’s not the same thing.
The only thing that should limit your fiction is what you can feel about/for a subject, character, story, etc. etc..  That’s where that empathy comes into play.

If you’ve read extensively, as all authors ought to do, then you’ll have empathy mastered already–at least when it applies to the fictional world.  You feel what the characters feel when you read, don’t you?  It should be the same way when you write.

You have to put yourself in someone else’s shoes–a great many person’s shoes, really.
Say you want to write something about a chainsaw-wielding clown going on some murderous rampage.  (Sorry, but Halloween is coming up…and I hate clowns….)  I doubt you’ve ever been such a clown, or been affected by one, but you have to see what the world is like from the point of view of the clown, the victims, the family and friends of the victims, the police officers hunting down the maniac….

You aren’t one of those people in real life…but what if you were?

I do believe that this is a skill that will be better learned by reading and writing more.  Empathy in writing is a skill, and the better you become at it the more believable your writing will be.  And who doesn’t want that?



{Writing Quotes} “Write With The Door Closed….”


“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.”
~ Stephen King
On Writing

Mr. King said in his book On Writing that writing is a lonely job–something I more than agree with.  But ya know what?  It needs to be at first, I think.
When you sit down to write the first draft of a book, every opinion of anyone who might read it shouldn’t so much as enter your mind.  Get the words down and worry about how good they might be later–that’s what revision is for, after all.  Focus on the story you’re working so hard to tell.
Closing the door will also help to keep out distractions.  It’s all too easy to get distracted when writing now when the majority of us do it on the computer, where something less difficult is just a few clicks away.  If it takes so much effort, don’t only close the door, but lock it and barricade yourself inside.  If you find yourself too distracted writing on the computer…paper is always an option!  I actually preferred that method for quite a while, but once I get writing it’s too hard to keep up with my brain at that point.  I am even the proud owner of a handful of typewriters; unfortunately, they’re all quite loud, or I might be tempted to use them more often!

Rewriting is a tough process–kill your darlings, kill your darlings….  At the same time, though, it’s very liberating to cut out all of the unnecessary things.  Strip the novel down to the story at its core–it’s exciting to learn more about it along the way.
It’s only when rewriting that you should let a few people take a peek at your diamond-in-the-rough of a novel.  And I say a few because, much as you might want to throw it at anyone who looks in your direction, that isn’t wise.  Pick a few people that you trust and give it to them, first and foremost.

Do what’s necessary to get your story written and enjoy every step of the process!  It’s not for the faint of heart…but it’s more than worthwhile!


{Writing Quotes} “…Any Way But Lightly”


“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.”

~Stephen King
On Writing

A blank page is one of the most inspiring things I can think of.  Pages aren’t meant to be left blank and it’s up to you to decide what combination of letters and words you want to fill them with.

Writing isn’t easy.  Pretty much everything about it is difficult in some way–the only part that comes easily to me is the spelling.  The rest comes naturally, but not easily.  I love everything about it, even–maybe especially–the hard things.

Write your heart out.  Give it everything you’ve got and give it lovingly.  Even when it’s hard.  It’s the only way you can hope to finish.


{Writing Quotes} “…Your Job Isn’t to Find These Ideas….”

-Your Job Isn't to Find These Ideas....-

As a writer, quotes about writing are always interesting to me!  🙂  Here’s one I came across while reading Stephen King’s On Writing (it’s quite good, though I’m only 40-ish pages into it!).

“Let’s get one thing clear right now, shall we?  There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky:  two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun.  Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.”

–Stephen King
On Writing 

Keep this in mind for when you’re battling writer’s block or just seem to be in a bit of a funk.  The ideas are there, though they can feel a few thousand miles away at times!  Don’t stress about it–in fact, do things to take your mind off of your writing for a while.  Ideas often show up when you least expect them to, so keep a pen and paper handy to jot them down before they’re forgotten.
Also, unless you’re sure that it’s complete rubbish, don’t throw away a hastily scrawled idea; even if it’s totally uninspiring the next minute, that doesn’t mean it will be the next time you glance at it.


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