In 1842 Charles Dickens, in correspondence with Edgar Allan Poe, noted that when the author William Godwin wrote ‘Caleb Williams’ that he wrote backwards. He started by 'first involving his hero in a web of difficulties and then casting about for some mode of accounting for what had been done.' (The Philosophy of Composition 1846) [...]
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote longhand with a large collection of pens scattered liberally across his writing desk. He said 'Each of my pens is an individual with a personality of its own. I don't write with just one. When I'm using one of them, others are involved too. So I use different types of pens for [...]
As you put your head on your pillow, think briefly about what you want to write tomorrow. Then, rise early, drink a glass of water and write. Writing feels so much easier in the morning. Ideas come more naturally. One sentence spurs the next and the remnants of your dreams may infuse your writing with [...]
Write as if in a trance. Always say ‘yes’ and write without censoring. Don't block anything. Hold the door open for your self to surprise you. Only the next sentence matters, not the last. You can always go back and edit, but in this moment, all you need to do is to move forward. Mix [...]
Writing is nothing more than a guided dream. Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream by night. Just write. Don't wait. For if you wait, you may never start. take what is nearest at hand, accept it and then work hard to transform it. (with thanks to [...]
It is your business to write what other people think but don't say. Go for the throat. Start with anything that bothers you – be honest, be angry. Remember how people react to a car accident. Highways choke up as drivers slow down to gawk. It comes as no surprise that news programmes concentrate on [...]
Story is built from your characters’ goals and ambitions changed by circumstance and connected by one unifying theme.