Stories that stand the test of time come from the self, and without fear. Tips from the greats

Monday, May 28th, 2012

???Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.???

– Kurt Vonnegut. more

John Steinbeck, after winning a Nobel Prize: If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another. The formula seems to lie solely in the aching urge of the writer to convey something he feels important to the reader. If the writer has that urge, he may sometimes, but by no means always, find the way to do it. You must perceive the excellence that makes a good story good or the errors that makes a bad story. For a bad story is only an ineffective story.???

Also:??Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material. more

Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind
Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition
No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge
– Jack Kerouac. more

Finally:??If you want ACTION, don???t write. Go and tell the guy what you want.??
– David Ogilvy. more

Source:??Brain Pickings

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