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Quote of the Day: Steven Berlin Johnson

“The patterns are simple, but followed together, they make for a whole that is wiser than the sum of its parts. Go for a walk; cultivate hunches; write everything down, but keep your folders messy; embrace serendipity; make generative mistakes; take on multiple hobbies; frequent coffeehouses and other liquid networks; follow the links; let others build on your ideas; borrow, recycle; reinvent. Build a tangled bank.” 

— Steven Berlin Johnson

 (Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation)

Quote of the Day

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“Don’t mistake a good setup for a satisfying conclusion — many beginning writers end their stories when the real story is just ready to begin.”
      – Stanley Schmidt

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“Fundamentally, all writing is about the same thing; it’s about dying, about the brief flicker of time we have here, and the frustration that it creates.”
     – Mordecai Richler

Quote(s) of the Day

“Plotting is like sex. Plotting is about desire and satisfaction, anticipation and release. You have to arouse your reader’s desire to know what happens, to unravel the mystery, to see good triumph. You have to sustain it, keep it warm, feed it, just a little bit, not too much at a time, as your story goes on. That’s called suspense. It can bring desire to a frenzy, in which case you are in a good position to bring off a wonderful climax.”
      -Colin Greenland

 

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“Plotting isn’t like sex, because you can go back and adjust it afterwards. Whether you plan your story beforehand or not, if the climax turns out to be the revelation that the mad professor’s anti-gravity device actually works, you must go back and silently delete all those flying cars buzzing around the city on page one. If you want to reveal something, you need to hide it properly first.”
      -Colin Greenland

Quote of the Day

“Writing fiction is a solitary occupation but not really a lonely one. The writer’s head is mobbed with characters, images and language.”
– Hilma Wolitzer

Quote of the Day

“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

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“I don’t know where my ideas come from, but I know where they come to. They come to my desk, and if I’m not there, they go away again.”
-Philip Pullman

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