What about writing

October 10, 2013

What about writing?



  • You can write literature about almost anything, for literature is not in the subject but in the treatment


  • Writing should be overtly dramatic and dreamlike:  the more dramatic, the more authentic;  the more dreamlike, the more believable


  • Writing is but the child of tension and intensity


  • Writing is about conflict, inconsistency, contradiction;  in other words, it is about all those things that we are so good at in real life


  • Writing can never disappoint you.  If anything, you will disappoint your writing, for you are limited: you have so many words inside you but no more, you have so many experiences but no more – you are a simple enough human being


  • Writing is about a before and an after: before writing you were this person, and after writing you became that person, ideally for the better


  • The same applies to reading, as readers are also transformed when they read.  And this is because readers are writers in themselves


  • Writing can be about you, but you must universalize your pain or your laughter


  • Writing can be about others, but you must make their pain or their laughter yours


  • Writing can be about what you know, but also about what you do not know anything about, and so in the process you will perhaps learn a few new things


  • Writing is the only country where abduction is legal, for you will abduct the reader momentarily before they return once more to their everyday life


  • Writing is about breaking the rules so that what surrounds you becomes a wholly different universe where objects speak, time stops, the speed of light is just the beginning, people never die, dreams come true


  • Writing is about suspending belief, never to recover it


  • Writing should be true to only one thing: the truth


  • Writing is always hard, painful, will make you crazy, will shake up your demons so that they afflict you even more, will drive away your angels 


  • Writing is therefore not for the faint-hearted or for the seekers of anything other than the perfect sentence 


  • There are no rules about writing, merely opinions


  • The only condition required to write is, of course, that you have to write at every waking hour



  • You must be your harshest critic, and so try and save only one poem out of every hundred, and only one page of prose out of every thousand



  • Good stories will always live on beyond their final words, unlike the rest of us

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