Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. The chasm is never completely bridged. We all have the conviction, perhaps illusory, that we have much more to say than appears on the paper.
—Isaac Bashevis Singer (via planb-becomeapirate)
If you’re afraid you can’t write, the answer is to write. Every sentence you construct adds weight to the balance pan. If you’re afraid what other people will think of your efforts, don’t show them until you write your way beyond your fear.
If writing a book is impossible, write a chapter.
If writing a chapter is impossible, write a page.
If writing a page is impossible, write a paragraph.
If writing a paragraph is impossible, write a sentence.
If writing even a sentence is impossible, write a word and teach yourself everything there is to know about that word and then write another, connected word and see where their connection leads. A page a day is a book a year.
—Richard Rhodes (via planb-becomeapirate)
It begins with an idea, an idea that gnaws, that haunts, that spills into the quiet moments, and refuses to go away. With nurturing, the idea grows. It finds purchase in a fertile imagination and unfurls itself, opening into its very own world. Characters arrive. Sometimes they step out of the mist of the mind fully formed, other times they’re lumps of clay that must be sculpted. You can’t wait to give them voice. You can’t wait to tell their tale.
Then comes the terror of the blank page. If you’re a beginning screenwriter you ask, “How do I fill 120 pages?” If you’re a seasoned professional you ask, “How do I contain my story to only 120 pages?” And no matter who you are, you ask, “How do I make it good?”.
—Andrew W. Marlowe (via planb-becomeapirate)