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Believe it or not this was news to me. Now I see writing in a different way. You work at it, and when the inspiration hits rewrite, edit the heck out of it and you will end up with what you wanted in the first place if not better. 

Believe it or not this was news to me. Now I see writing in a different way. You work at it, and when the inspiration hits rewrite, edit the heck out of it and you will end up with what you wanted in the first place if not better. 

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Tragedy only matters when the reader is attached to your characters. Balance a willingness to create tragedy with strong characterization and deep empathy.
This one is a tribute to the famous tragic passage from George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords which just aired on HBO’s Game of Thrones adaptation. Martin knows how to make characters matter both in life and in death, which is why the novels and show have been such tremendous successes. 

proseprotips:

Tragedy only matters when the reader is attached to your characters. Balance a willingness to create tragedy with strong characterization and deep empathy.

This one is a tribute to the famous tragic passage from George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords which just aired on HBO’s Game of Thrones adaptation. Martin knows how to make characters matter both in life and in death, which is why the novels and show have been such tremendous successes. 

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1. you do not have to listen to me. I am one person and my word is not law or scripture.

2. be skeptical of any quote or passage that tells you what a writer should be or how a writer should typically act. we are all different and our words come to us how and when they come to us.

3. you don’t have to write when you’re in pain. some people need to lick their wounds without having anyone know about it.

4. you don’t have to be quiet or like coffee to be a writer.

5. when the words don’t come, they don’t come. you are allowed to take a nap or see your friends. you are allowed to be mindless and young.

6. you are allowed to be stupid.

7. you don’t have to write about the people who have broken your heart. it is not required. sometimes, love lost is a secret. sometimes, it is so private, so painful, you don’t even want your hands to remember.

8. you can be happy and be a writer. you are allowed to have normal sleeping patterns. you are allowed to have a heart that floats and doesn’t sink.

9. it does not matter why you write. be selfish. be selfless. make it up.

10. there are stories everywhere, and there is magic in being able to write them down, however we can.

11. be magnificent. it is as easy as breathing. it is as easy as putting pen to paper.

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Write from the heart, what has meaning to you personally; have the patience and discipline to sit down and do it every day whether you’re feeling inspired or not; never be afraid to take chances - in fact, make sure you take chances. As soon as you become complacent, you become boring.
Charles de Lint (via writingquotes)

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I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is mine, making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring real life altogether; the other is going right deep down into life and not caring a damn.
P.G. Wodehouse (via writingquotes)

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Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.
Ray Bradbury (via writingquotes)