"The writer is more concerned to know than to judge."--W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence
"In giving to the character of his invention flesh and bones, (the writer) is giving life to that part of himself which finds no other means of expression. His satisfaction is a sense of liberation."--W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence
"The character of a scoundrel, logical and complete, has a fascination for his creator which is an outrage to law and order...It may be that in his rogues the writer gratifies instincts deep-rooted in him, which the manners and customs of a civilised world have forced back to the mysterious recesses of the subconscious."--W. Somerset … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017
"...there is something disconcerting to the writer in the instinct which causes him to take an interest in the singularities of human nature so absorbing that his moral sense is powerless against it. He recognises in himself an artistic satisfaction in the contemplation of evil which a little startles him; but sincerity forces him to … Continue reading Quintessential Quotes: #writingwisdom–Writealready2017
"...the writer should seek his reward in the pleasure of his work and in release from the burden of his thought; and, indifferent to aught else, care nothing for praise or censure, failure or success."--W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence
I'm sure this poor soul was simply a victim of autocorrect...but this one really made me laugh out loud. More so the response:
No matter how many times you've read through your precious manuscript, I can guarantee you that there are still corrections and improvements to be made. I know--because I'm a writer, too--and I've been there. Writing has always been my passion–and out of that passion, almost by default, grew a staunch conviction that, if you are … Continue reading Finally going to publish that book? Then you need an editor–because Grammarly isn’t enough.
Remove that painstaking dash and drop it down to the next line, after "kiln," please.
National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo is about to begin. Writers all over the world will attempt to finish a 50,000 word manuscript by the end of the month. That’s a 50k word first draft — not a final, polished manuscript. I can see the motivation and anxiety all month as writers gear up to […] … Continue reading NaNoWriMo is almost here! — Sue’s Space
"Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that."--Stephen King, On Writing