"We do not see things as they are…We see things as we are." — Anaïs Nin
"My advice about reading advice on writing would be to remember that you’re trying to discover how >you< yourself do this very peculiar thing, not *how it’s done*. Those will not necessarily be the same." — William Gibson, via Twitter @GreatDismal
“Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry.” — Gabriel García Márquez
"So much of writing is a mental game. You will *always* have days where you think your book is awful. I’ve learned this is less about the book, and more about my own mindset.
The writers who finish books make friends with this feeling. It’s temporary. Don’t let it run the show.💙" — Jess Keating via Twitter @Jess_Keating
"My advice, in general, is to get feedback on work and revise before you submit. Don’t fling off, in the creation-afterglow, something you just wrote." — Gabrielle Bates, Managing Editor of The Seattle Review
“Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object” — Albert Camus
So in that book you’re writing, hide the twist behind all those beautiful twilights until you reveal the truth in one dazzling sunrise at the end…
“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” — Aldous Huxley
To me, expressing the inexpressible is what writing seeks to achieve and rarely succeeds, which is maddening. When it happens to hit the mark, however, it is glorious.