“Fool,” said my Muse to me, “look in thy heart and write.”
When a person is lucky enough to live inside a story, to live inside an imaginary world, the pains of this world disappear. For as long as the story goes on, reality no longer exists.
For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
When I work, I work very fast, but preparing to work can take any length of time.
Tell the whole truth. Don’t be lazy, don’t be afraid. Close the critic out when you are drafting something new. Take chances in the interest of clarity of emotion.
The Artist is no other than he who unlearns what he has learned, in order to know himself,
Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change – it can not only move us, it makes us move.
The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, you find out who they really are.
Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook. Work regular hours.
You choose to be a novelist, but you’re chosen to be a poet.
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.