Erudition – that is, reading, writing, and arithmetic – is taught in the schools; but where is the more important quality, character, taught? Nowhere in particular. There is no authorized training for children in character.
I knew how to write like an academic, so I knew how to write academic papers and essays and things. But the things that are great for an essay are unbearable in narrative writing.
I am a drinker with writing problems.
Letters are something from you. It’s a different kind of intention than writing an e-mail.
And the nice thing about writing a novel is you take your time, you sit with the character sometimes nine years, you look very deeply at a situation, unlike in real life when we just kind of snap something out.
Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself.
I think there are people out there writing original bluegrass songs, but it’s hard to get them out on the air.
An individual developer like me cares about writing the new code and making it as interesting and efficient as possible. But very few people want to do the testing.
I used to roof hay barns for my father. It’s dangerous work. Writing is much better.
You can’t build a plot out of jokes. You need tragic relief. And you need to let people know that when a lot of frightened people are running around with edged weaponry, there are deaths. Stupid deaths, usually. I’m not writing ‘The A-Team’ – if there’s a fight going on, people will get hurt. Not […]