Five Great Quotations about the Writing Process

“I get up in the morning, torture a typewriter until it screams, then stop.” – Clarence Budington Kelland

“…I discovered that if I trusted my subconscious, or imagination, whatever you want to call it, and if I made the characters as real and honest as I could, then no matter how complex the pattern being woven, my subconscious would find ways to tie it together – often doing things far more complicated and sophisticated than I could with brute conscious effort. I would have ideas for ‘nodes,’ as I think of them – story or character details that have lots of potential connections to other such nodes – and even though I didn’t quite understand, I would plunk them in. Two hundred pages later, everything would back-fit, and I’d say, ‘Ah, that’s why I wrote that.’” – Tad Williams

“In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because it ‘got boring,’ the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight of his priority, which is to keep the ball rolling.” – Stephen King

“Writing a book is a blood sport. If it doesn’t hurt when you’re done, you’re probably doing something wrong.” – Kevis Hendrickson

“Writing is a lot like making soup. My subconscious cooks the idea, but I have to sit down at the computer to pour it out.”- Robin Wells