just a lot of writing quotes and advice that'll help with your writing x

"I don’t create characters because I know I won’t love them. I’ll kill them in the first chapter and spend the rest of story describing why they deserved to die."

"It’s such a confidence trick, writing a novel. The main person you have to trick into confidence is yourself."
— Zadie Smith.

"One of the most crucial pieces of advice I give to authors is to care less. … The problem is, if you think about any one thing very hard, it gets difficult. … Writers put too much of themselves into that first book."
— Chuck Wendig.

"In writing. Don’t use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the thing you are describing. I mean, instead of telling us a thing was “terrible,” describe it so that we’ll be terrified. Don’t say it was “delightful”; make us say “delightful” when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers, “Please will you do my job for me."
— C.S. Lewis, Letters to Children.

"The author must keep his mouth shut when the work starts to speak."
— Friedrich Nietzche.

‘Write,’ she said, ‘as if you’ll never be read. That way you’ll be sure to tell the truth.’
— Lori Lansens, The Girls.

KM Weiland's Character Arc Advice
Part 1:Can You Structure Character?
Part 2: The Lie Your Character Believes
Part 3: The Thing Your Character Wants vs. The Thing Your Character Needs
Part 4: Your Character’s Ghost
Part 5: The Characteristic Moment
Part 6: The Normal World
Part 7: The First Act
Part 8: The First Plot Point
Part 9: The First Half of the Second Act
Part 10: The Midpoint
Part 11: The Second Half of the Second Act
Part 12: The Third Plot Point
Part 13: Creating Stunning Character Arcs

"One of the few things I know about writing is this: Spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. The impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you."

— Annie Dillard.

"There’s this beautiful thing about writing: whatever you’re writing can only be written now. You could take the same premise, the same plot, the same characters, and if you’re writing it weeks, months or years from now it will still be different because you are different and the world around you is constantly changing. Writing reflects what’s going on in your mind, in your life. What you’re dealing with now - whether it’s a struggle or a dream - will be different in each new moment. Your influences will change. The person you saw at the bus stop today who made you think about loneliness in a different way won’t be there tomorrow, and that thought will never make it into your book if you’re not there in that second to see it. Writing is an ordered reflection of your messy - often indefinable - thoughts frozen in time. Others may not recognise the pieces of you in there at all, but you can look back on your words and remember what you were feeling, even if you didn’t know what it was until it was over. Neil Gaiman said that fiction is the lie that tells the truth. He meant it for the ways that writers use fiction to explore who we are, but I think one of the most powerful ways it does this is when it takes the writer by surprise and they remember being in a moment they didn’t notice until it passed by."

"If you love a character, you give them pain, ruin their lives, make them suffer. Maybe even throw in a heroic death."
— Varric Tethras.

"If you’re doing it right you should feel that you are revealing a little bit too much of yourself."
— Neil Gaiman.

"I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. And second, you need to read. You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. It’s the great writers who teach us how to write. The third thing is to write. Just write a little bit every day. Even if it’s for only half an hour — write, write, write."
— Madeleine L'Engle.

"Write without fear; edit without mercy.:

"Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say." — Barbara Kingsolver.

"The easy, conversational tone of good writing only comes with the eighth rewrite" — Paul Bernard

"In Act 1, get your characters up in a tree; in Act 2, throws stones at them; and in Act 3, get them down again" — George M. Cohan

"Until we know what a character wants, we don’t know what the story is about. Until we know what the stakes are, we don’t care. "

"Three words for a writer: Make me care." — Buffy Andrews

"If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking" — Haruki Murakami

"Perfect and bulletproof are seductive, but they don’t exist in the human experience. We must walk into the arena, whatever it may be—a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation—with courage and the willingness to engage. Rather than sitting on the sidelines and hurling judgement and advice, we must dare to show up". — Brene Brown.

"If it is unappetising: Do not eat, date, or sign up for it. If the mere thought of it is depressing: Do not major in it, sit through it, or devote your life to it. If it is not important to you: Do not do it only because it is important to someone else. You will thank yourself."

"Writers and artists know that ethereal moment, when just one, fleeting something–a chill, an echo, the click of a lamp, a question—-ignites the flame of an entire work that blazes suddenly into consciousness."
— Nadine C. Keels.

"Writing is not always writing. Writing is being on the train and mentally seeing your OCs stumble into other people, or flinching away from the germ-ridden handrails, or sleeping on each others’ shoulders.
Writing is hearing a song on the radio and watching one of your scenes play out to the lyrics. Writing is laying on your floor or sitting by your computer and spending hours collaging newspaper clippings or pictures or people or plants together and making something that is completely, uniquely, your story. Writing is drawing your characters in your notebooks, and making tea only your one, picky character would drink, and writing an open letter to all your characters just to remind them you love them. Writing is mood boards, and playlists, and crafts, and asks, and prompts, and pictures, and memories, and you. So never think that just because you’re not putting words on a page, you’re not a real writer. Writing is something that follows you everywhere, beyond the word document, and beyond the screen. Because writing isn’t something you do. It’s something you are."

"It’s not: I jumped in, and it was cold. No. It was cold, and I jumped in. Always arrange a sentence so you appear to be fearless, when in fact you are far less than fearless—you are clueless."
— Jarod Kintz.

"Read, read, read. You can’t get anywhere unless you are an obsessive, continuous reader of other stuff."
— Lee Child.

"The fact is, I don’t know where my ideas come from. Nor does any writer. The only real answer is to drink way too much coffee and buy yourself a desk that doesn’t collapse when you beat your head against it." — Douglas Adams.

"Writing begins with forgiveness. Let go of the shame about how long it’s been since you last wrote, the clenching fear that you’re not a good enough writer, the doubts over whether or not you can get it done."
— Daniel José Older.

"If you want to be an artist
by @thelibraperspective

You want to be an artist?
Consider yourself an endangered kind.
The road ahead is dangerous,
few have finished in this lifetime.
Most have gotten used to
hearing their stomach growl.
A masterpiece means dinner,
and that’s why artists starve and howl,
like hungry wolves on the prowl,
no meal is guaranteed.
Instead they feed on inspiration.
A glimpse of tomorrow makes all the
sleep deprivation worth it for just for the night.
Yes, artists fight. Born lovers, turned fighters
You say want to set the world in flames?
The pencil is your lighter.
It doesn’t matter what you’re looking for,
only what you find.
The depths of your dreams are meant to be explored,
but a battle brews on inside, so march on
to the rhythm of the beat you can’t quite define,
to the sweet smell of success that keeps you alive,
to the pressure in your guts that feeds you the thrive,
because you can’t retrace your steps,
once you step out of your brain,
and into your mind
So you want to be an artist?
This is not the life for the weak or the tender.
If you’re a soldier, your art is your nation
So lace up your boots, cause’ it’s your duty to defend her
Are you ready for the great war?
Blank pages are the white flags of your surrender."