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Writing Fiction: Quotes

A few of the quotes that I have had, at various times, on my writing board.

  • I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket. Hemingway to Fitzgerald.
  • 200 words a day. What Anne Enright would have tattooed on her in the event of a midlife crisis.
  • Be aware of the bear. Ken Kesey.
  • Talk to your muse as frankly as you would talk to your friends. Allen Ginsberg.
  • I just think there too much pressure on this idea of character. Find truthful moments first and character will come. And you will be surprised how it comes and will keep coming and it’s an endless well. Brad Pitt.
  • When writing, just jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down. Ray Bradbury.
  • I am not at all in a humor for writing; I must write on till I am. Jane Austen.
  • It is never too late to be the person you could have been. George Eliot.
  • Be as intelligent as you are. Mike Myers explaining the rules of improvisation.
  • Writing is problem solving. Me. A reminder for every time I get stuck.

Character: Me and Brad Pitt

On a recent episode of In the Actor’s Studio, Brad Pitt said, ‘I just think there’s too much pressure on this idea of character.’

I have spent the last couple of years trying to write a female lead for my third novel.  The first attempt was a 60,000 word exercise.  Lots of words, but nothing stuck.  So, I started writing the novel, having had a picture of the two protagonists meeting.  But after that, the character refused to speak, and just seemed unhappy.  Then I imagined a cartoon that she might draw: with a character who summed up the key elements I wanted for her.  But still the woman herself remained elusive.  A couple of months ago I wrote a scene showing how the two leads had first met.  She came out strongly in this but was not the person I’d thought she was.  Here, she was more confident.  Now, I have a sense that she is close.

Mr Pitt went on, ‘Find truthful moments first and character will come.  You will be surprised how it comes and will keep coming, and it’s an endless well.’

Hope so.