Can I Quote You?
No fair, Robin, with your ten quotes... But luckily, writers love to talk about writing, so here are a couple of my favorites...
At the beginning of a novel, a writer needs confidence, but after that what's required is persistence. These traits sound similar. They aren't. Confidence is what politicians, seducers, and currency speculators have, but persistence is a quality found in termites. It's the blind drive to keep on working that persists after confidence breaks down. - Walter Kirn
I try to remember this on the days when anything, everything, is more interesting to me than what is on the page.
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature. - Ernest Hemingway
People are complicated, messy, contradictory, and frustrating. They are also really fun to write and read. The "real" people of reality shows are characters. The characters in Breaking Bad were people.
And, finally, this from James Bond...
The worst situation you can have in a thriller is a lead who looks like he can handle himself. - Daniel Craig.
Let's get this out of the way first - Daniel Craig looks like he could handle himself in any situation. (Cue sexy music) but fair point. One of the reasons I love his Bond is that he feels pain, physical and emotional. I keep this as a reminder that even when writing a smooth-talking, take no prisoners character, there should be some cracks in the armor to keep things interesting.