T”here are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” –W. Somerset Maugham
A quote from Robert McKee:
“When talented people write badly, it’s generally for one of two reasons: Either they’re blinded by an idea they feel compelled to prove, or they’re driven by an emotion they must express.
When talented people write well, it is generally for this reason: They’re moved by a desire to touch the audience.”
“Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style. ”
Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat, Pray, Love:
“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.”