Famous Quotes on Writing


“A short story is a sprint, a novel is a marathon. Sprinters have seconds to get from here to there and then they are finished. Marathoners have to carefully pace themselves so that they don't run out of energy (or in the case of the novelist-- ideas) because they have so far to run. To mix the metaphor, writing a short story is like having a short intense affair, whereas writing a novel is like a long rich marriage.” - Jonathan Carroll


"So, every writer is different, and every story that a writer writes is different from the last, and to make it even more fun, every day is different, too. (I know, what a revelation.) Some mornings you wake up, fresh as a newborn baby bathed in unicorn tears. Some days are total fucking gutter balls — it’s a clunk and thunk and the ball rolls into a ditch without knocking over a single pin. You just don’t know. And some stories are stories that pour out of you like puke out of a drunk freshman. Other stories are ones that must be extracted, like a tooth, or a tapeworm." - Chuck Wendig


“I always worked until I had something done and I always stopped when I knew what was going to happen next. That way I could be sure of going on the next day.” - Ernest Hemingway


“Swoopers write a story quickly, higgledy-piggledy, crinkum-crankum, any which way. Then they go over it again painstakingly, fixing everything that is just plain awful or doesn’t work. Bashers go one sentence at a time, getting it exactly right before they go on to the next one. When they’re done they’re done.” Kurt Vonnegut


"GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!" - Lisa Pedersen


Tune in to Out of Whack to learn how our guest, Chris Scalise does it!




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