Stephen King : « The writer’s job is
simply to provide a show »
According to Stephen King, one of the
most important advice to be given to young writers is that representation takes
form in the mind of the reader. Good descriptions allow a good representation.
You should reflect on which details should be added, which should be excluded?
Keep the ones which impress you the most
and seem the clearest, Leave all the rest behind. Our eyes transmit pictures to
our mind. If you want to transmit these pictures to your reader then you need
to use your imagination and your memory. They are both crucial to describe
The basic idea is not to give every
single details but to give enough detail to create an emotion. You must have enough faith in your sense of
representation to know when to stop. The pleasure of reading is in the pleasure
of visualizing a scene in your mind and being the only one to imagine it in
this exact way.
Anne Rice : « Writing turns you into a
Anne Rice’s advice is of most
importance. Young writers must write before else. It is writing which turns you
into a writer. Don’t give up. If you
stop, start again. Keep everything you write. Cherish your style, your own
music. Have faith in yourself and your work. The key is persistence.
Don’t let the critics get you down. If
you are misunderstood, change your public. Repeat to yourself “I am a writer”.
Keep in mind that the world needs writers, if you’re not tomorrow’s author, who
Georges R.R. Martin : « The world is
Always keep in mind that there is no
good and evil, no clear line between them. Reality is infinitely complex.
Imperfection is the rule. Each and every
one of us is grey, we all have the capacity to do both very heroic things and
very selfish things. Understanding that allows to create complex characters.
There is sense in everything we do, even the most questionable actions.
J.K. Rowling : « Read as much as you can
J.K. Rowling couldn’t be more right; the
best way to learn about style, characters and plot structure is to read as much
as you can. You are probably going to start thinking that you are imitating
your favourite authors but it is a great learning process and ultimately your
own style will emerge.
Plan out your work. Writing without a
goal sometimes allows the apparition of a good idea or two but it is not a
viable mean to produce a complete story.
Write about what you know. Your own
subjects of interests, your feelings, your beliefs, your friends, your family,
all of it can be a good material support when you start writing.
Develop your taste for solitude because
writing is one of the loneliest job in the world.
Finally, persistence is absolutely
essential, producing these words is not enough; you will also need to survive
critics and rejection. But the pleasure of seeing a book you wrote in a library
is a reward worth all the efforts endured!
Karen Morley was cast in Scarface (1932) when she attended a party thrown by Howard Hawks. She brought along her friend Ann Dvorak, who caught Hawks’ eye with a sexy little dance, recreated in Scarface after Hawks invited her for a screen test.
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