As I stare at a white space, trying to think of what to write, it strikes me that the following quote by F, Scott Fitzgerald sums up the the very process I currently find myself in.
“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”
I like the idea that by having a website, I have a publishing platform that allows me to say anything, write anything and curate content about any subject I wish. My problem though, is that this very freedom leaves me paralysed about where to start, what to say, and how I communicate my thoughts coherently and meaningfully. This of course, is exactly the position that any writer finds them self in. So I thought I would see what others thought about this.
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.
– Ernest Hemingway
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.
– Somerset Maugham
A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
– Sidney Sheldon
Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
f you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
– Edgar Rice Burroughs
“To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.”
— Allen Ginsberg
“It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.”
— Jack Kerouac
“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”
— Elmore Leonard
“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people, not characters. A character is a caricature.”
— Ernest Hemingway
I guess I’m not alone.