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The best books come from someplace deep inside. You don’t write because you want to, but because you have to. Become emotionally involved. If you don’t care about your characters, your readers won’t either.
What you write first is a first draft. When you get to the end of it, you’ve got a first draft. Anything can happen after that.
(In the first draft of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, while Charlie was touring Wonka’s factory, he was accidentally encased in chocolate and sent to Wonka’s house, where he foiled a burglary.)
There’s nothing to stop you fixing anything as you go, but it’s wiser to get to the end first, and then look at what you’ve got.
The book in your mind will pretty much always be better than the one that hits the paper. That’s just how it works.
If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
Characters are not created by writers. They pre-exist and have to be found.
The core of every good story is a character for whom we care—and not just care a little, but care deeply. This alone is no easy task: Such a character must be likable, but not annoying. He must have virtues but remain imperfect. She must possess the potential for sacrifice, for selflessness, for selfishness, for evil. He may be funny, but not only that. She may be serious, but not only that. He comprises many dimensions but not so many that he seems unreal or unpindownable.
Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.
My favourite writing quote of all time.
Not every story has explosions and car chases. That’s why they have nudity and espionage.
Great books write themselves, only bad books have to be written.
Writer’s block: when your imaginary friends won’t talk to you.
When you are inspired to write you really shouldn’t put it off. Write. Or it’s likely to drive you a bit insane by the time you finally do.