“If I had a whole day, I would write for an hour and then be completely exhausted. I would actually fall asleep on the floor of my studio for twenty minutes to half an hour. I’d reach some sort of an impasse, a psychic impasse, where I just couldn’t move forward in the writing. I would sleep and I would have a dream, and in the dream I would figure out where to go in the writing. Then I would wake up and start writing from that point. It was really this sort of accessing of the unconscious in some way. I would write for another hour and then I would fall asleep again, it would just keep happening. I’d do that maybe four times over one day. That part was an excavation.” —Nick Flynn
Saving your document a million times in paranoia after wriitng one word
“The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting.” —Stephen King
“I’ve been reading reviews of my stories for twenty-five years, and can’t remember a single useful point in any of them, or the slightest good advice.” —Anton Chekhov
“Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.” —Johann Gottfried Von Herder
“Formerly I believed books were made like this: a poet came, lightly opened [his/her] lips, and the inspired fool burst into song – if you please! But it seems, before they can launch a song, poets must tramp for days with callused feet, and the sluggish fish of the imagination flounders softly in the slush of the heart. And while, with twittering rhymes, they boil a broth of loves and nightingales, the tongueless street merely writhes for lack of something to shout or say” —Vladimir Mayakovsky
To kill or not to kill any of the main characters.
“About no subject are poets tempted to lie so much as about their own lives.” —Margaret Atwood
“Neither novels or their readers benefit from any attempts to divine whether any facts hide inside a story. Such efforts attack the very idea that made-up stories can matter, which is sort of the foundational assumption of our species.” —John Green, The Fault In Our Stars
Accidentally writing in so much detail that your short story is no longer short
Did I just write that much?
“The test of any good fiction is that you should care something for the characters; the good to succeed, the bad to fail. The trouble with most fiction is that you want them all to land in hell, together, as quickly as possible.” —Mark Twain