Saturday, September 22, 2012

on writing - EVERY DAY

I'd say this is one piece of writing advice that is forever true: WRITE EVERY DAY.

You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries
and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear
books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for
the next 20,000 days.  And out of that love, remake a world.  - Ray Bradbury

Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite
fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks
of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure. As you
follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully
but write boldly. Then, like the hero of the fable, your dance will dazzle the
world.  - Robert McKee 

By Nguyen Minh Hai

I believe you have to write every day–make the time. It’s about having an
organized mind instead of a chaotic and untidy one. There is a myth that
writers are bohemian and do what they like in their own way. Real writers are
the most organized people on the planet. You have to be. You’re doing the
work and running your own business as well. It’s an incredibly organized state.
- Jeanette Winterson

My only ritual is to just sit down and write, write every day.  - Augusten Burroughs 

Write all the time. I believe in writing every day, at least a thousand words a
day. We have a strange idea about writing: that it can be done, and done well,
without a great deal of effort. Dancers practice every day, musicians practice
every day, even when they are at the peak of their careers – especially then.
Somehow, we don’t take writing as seriously. But writing – writing wonderfully
– takes just as much dedication.  - Theodora Goss

Discipline allows magic. To be a writer is to be the very best of assassins. You
do not sit down and write every day to force the Muse to show up. You get into
the habit of writing every day so that when she shows up, you have the maximum
chance of catching her, bashing her on the head, and squeezing every last drop
out of that bitch.  - Lili St. Crow

Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list,
a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without
that exercise, the muscles seize up.  - Jane Yolen

Write a little every day, without hope, without despair.  - Karen Blixen

Write - every day, no excuses. It's so easy to make excuses.  Even professional
writers have days when they'd rather clean the toilet than do the writing.
- Octavia Butler

To be a writer is to sit down at one's desk in the chill portion of every day, and to
write; not waiting for the little jet of the blue flame of genius to start from the
breastbone – just plain going at it, in pain and delight. To be a writer is to throw
away a great deal, not to be satisfied, to type again, and then again, and once more,
and over and over....  - John Hersey

I try to write everyday.  I always rewrite, usually fairly close - on which is to say
first draft, then put it aside for 24 hours then more drafts.  - Marilyn Hacker

To be a successful writer, write every single day whether you feel like it or not.   
- Alex Haley

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