“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
– Toni Morrison

“If a book is well written, I always find it too short.”
– Jane Austen

“The first draft of anything is shit.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“As a writer you try to listen to what others aren’t saying… and write about the silence.”
– N.R. Hart

“I never trust anyone who’s more excited about success than about doing the thing they want to be successful at.”
– xkcd

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”
– Joan Didion

“I like to think of myself at home in the armchair, writing, smoking and occasionally wandering down the shop.”
– Stephen Fry

On Keeping a Log-Line Book

Pitching a story in a single phrase not only gets you to the heart of a complicated mess, but can help brainstorm future projects.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. There is nothing more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
– Joe Strummer

Triangulating the Text

Understanding what it is you like as reader will help you figure out what to do as a writer.

“The thing is, emotion – if it’s visibly felt by the writer – will go through all the processes it takes to publish a story and still hit the reader right in the gut. But you have to really mean it.”
– Anne McCaffrey

“Anxious, inexperienced writers obey rules. Rebellious, unschooled writers break the rules. Artists master the form.”
– Robert McKee

Reviews are in for Redwing!

Black Gate’s review of ‘Redwing: Speculative Fiction Takes Flight,’ the anthology featuring “Ticker Tape Kings.”

“Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.”
– Ray Bradbury

“The first draft is just telling yourself the story.”
– Terry Pratchett

“Read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river.”
– Virginia Woolf