Write Every Day

Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure. As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully but write boldly. Then, like the hero of the fable, your dance will dazzle the world.

Robert McKee Quotes (Author of The War of Art). (2020). Retrieved 31 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/27312.Robert_McKee

Work On Your Life

If you want to work on your art, work on your life.

Anton Chekhov Quotes (Author of Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov). (2020). Retrieved 29 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5031025.Anton_Chekhov

Be Sure Not To Discuss Your Hero’s State Of Mind

Be sure not to discuss your hero’s state of mind. Make it clear from his actions.

Anton Chekhov Quotes (Author of Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov). (2020). Retrieved 29 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5031025.Anton_Chekhov

Seize Upon Small Details

When describing nature, a writer should seize upon small details, arranging them so that the reader will see an image in his mind after he closes his eyes. For instance: you will capture the truth of a moonlit night if you’ll write that a gleam like starlight shone from the pieces of a broken bottle, and then the dark, plump shadow of a dog or wolf appeared. You will bring life to nature only if you don’t shrink from similes that liken its activities to those of humankind.

Anton Chekhov Quotes (Author of Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov). (2020). Retrieved 29 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5031025.Anton_Chekhov

One Has To Cross Out The Beginning And The End

My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.

Anton Chekhov Quotes (Author of Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov). (2020). Retrieved 29 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5031025.Anton_Chekhov