Writer’s Wisdom ~ Margaret Atwood

Don’t sit down in the middle of the woods. If you’re lost in the plot or blocked, retrace your steps to where you went wrong. Then take the other road. And/or change the person. Change the tense. Change the opening page. ~ Margaret Atwood


Writer’s Wisdom ~ Barbara Kingsolver

The greatest challenge, I think, for the novelist is that we have to love every one of our characters, even those who behave horribly, because we have to understand them. Otherwise, they won’t be convincing. Even the worst bully believes he’s a good guy. Nobody gets up in the morning and says, “I’m going to be a bad guy today.” Well, maybe they do, but they mean it in a positive way, thinking, “I’m going to do this because the world needs this.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver

Source: goodreads

Writing Wisdom ~ Somerset Maugham

If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.
– Somerset Maugham

Writing Wisdom ~ Carl Hiaasen

Every writer scrounges for inspiration in different places, and there’s no shame in raiding the headlines. It’s necessary, in fact, when attempting contemporary satire. Sharp-edged humor relies on topical reference points. ~ Carl Hiaasen

Source: NY Times

Writer’s Wisdom ~ Sue Miller

Surely the writer’s job is to make relevant the world she wishes to write about. How? By writing well and carefully and powerfully. By using humor, as Cheever did; or violence, as O’Connor did; or rue, as Chekhov did, to make the territory of her imagination compelling and somehow universal. And that holds true whether the territory of the imagination is close to the literal truth of her life or far from it. ~ Sue Miller

Source: NY Times

Mark Twain’s Writing Advice #9 of 10

Use plain, simple language, short words, and brief sentences… don’t let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. ~ Mark Twain