Archive for February, 2004

Caen on editors

The Best advice I’ve ever received was from my first editor, Paul C. Smith, as I began my column in July 1938: “For God’s sake, kid, be entertaining. And remember, I have a short attention span.” –Herb Caen

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Atchity on process

It would be crazy to begin revising immediately after finishing the first draft, and counter to the way the mind likes to create. You’re exhausted. You deserve a vacation. Go away from the project for at least a week. –Kenneth Atchity

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Smith on writing

Writing is easy. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein. –Red Smith

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Waugh on revision

Revision is just as important as any other part of writing and must be done con amore. –Evelyn Waugh

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Mayle on writing

Best advice on writing I’ve ever received: Finish. –Peter Mayle

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Vonnegut on characters

Make your characters want something right away–even if it’s only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaninglessness of modern life still have to drink water from time to time. –Kurt Vonnegut

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Higgins on dialogue

A man or woman who does not write good dialog is not a first-rate writer. –George V. Higgins

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Asimov on rejections

Rejections don’t really hurt after you stop bleeding, and even a rejection serves to introduce the writer’s name to an editor, particularly if a rejected story is competently written. –Isaac Asimov

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Welles on the length of a scene

I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won’t contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. –Orson Welles

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Hemley on the fatal flaw

While fiction certainly deals with conflict, it’s also about seeing into the true nature of people, uncovering falsehoods and half-truths. Most people (and by extension, most characters) have fatal flaws. –Robin Hemley (Synpathy for the Devil: What to Do About Difficult Characters; Creating Fiction; editor Julie Checkoway)

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