You Get Ideas All The Time

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Neil Gaiman Quotes (Author of American Gods). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1221698.Neil_Gaiman [Accessed 10 Nov. 2019].

Reading Other Writers Helps

Sometimes reading other writers helps. You learn some little technique that turns out to be useful, or simply are re-inspired by the amazing things others do.

Goodreads.com. (2019). M.T. Anderson Quotes (Author of Feed). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/31688.M_T_Anderson [Accessed 4 Nov. 2019].

I Can’t Write If It Bores Me

I can’t write if it bores me. Two things count: it has to be interesting and I have to care about the character.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Martin Cruz Smith Quotes (Author of Gorky Park). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/8258.Martin_Cruz_Smith [Accessed 3 Nov. 2019].

Authorial Flagging Unreliably

We know that the narrator is being unreliable because the author is alerting us, through reliable manipulation, to that narrator’s unreliability. A process of authorial flagging is going on; the novel teaches us how to read its narrator. Unreliably.

Goodreads.com. (2019). James Wood Quotes (Author of The Myth of Sisyphus). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/26341.James_Wood [Accessed 1 Nov. 2019].

It’s Just A Craft

Don’t fall prey to the belief that it’s magic. It’s just a craft.

TED-Ed Blog. (2019). Neal Stephenson’s writing advice for students (and everyone else). [online] Available at: http://blog.ed.ted.com/2015/06/04/neal-stephensons-writing-advice-for-students-and-everyone-else/ [Accessed 31 Oct. 2019].