Writing Takes Guts

May 29, 2012 at 8:47 am | Posted in Writing, Reading | 2 Comments

Some say that top ten lists are going the tired, hackneyed way of the cliche. But I beg to differ. I love a good top ten list in the same way that I love a good cliche. So, here is today’s top ten list for writers of all ages, shapes and sizes.

10. Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet.  Anonymous

9. Stories have a beginning, a middle and an end. But not necessarily in that order.  Robert Silverberg

8. Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.  Jessamyn West

7. It is better to write a bad first draft than to write no first draft at all.  Will Shetterly

6. If you think that something small cannot make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room.  Anonymous

5. First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow her!  Ray Bradbury

4. Every character should want something, even if it’s only a glass of water.  Kurt Vonnegut

3. I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.  Stephen King

2. When in doubt, blow something up.  J. Michael Staczynski

1. I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all.  E.B. White

Two of the ten quotes contain the word “guts”, so I declare that to be today’s theme. So, get your guts on and sit down to write.



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  1. Number 1o and 8 are my favorite, and 6 is just hilarious!

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