I was twenty-three years old when I wrote my first novel. At the time, there was no underlying pressure to get things right, to think about my audience, to give my characters certain quirks. There was only me, my computer, my bed, and my cat. That’s it. That’s all there was to it. I wanted to write what was in my head — all those unending tales of romance and majestic nonsense. These days though, there is just so much going on out there, writing tip wise, that it can get to the point where we over think and over complicate things. Do this. Do that. Do more of this. Stop doing that. It’s exhausting! Let’s not forget what writing is truly about. Let’s not write what we’re supposed to write. Sometimes it’s best to take away all that you know, all your years of studying Hemingway and Faulkner, and start clean with a story that is worth telling. Most readers don’t care about plot devices and dialogue attributions. You are a creator, so go on and write your creation!
What famous authors have to say about writing.
5. (Love this one!)