“When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story,”he said. “When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.”
…write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open. Your stuff starts out being justfor you, in other words, but then it goes out. Once you knowwhat the story is and get it right—as right as you can, any-way—it belongs to anyone who wants to read it. Or criticize it.
Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference. They don’t have to make speeches.Just believing is usually enough.
Life isn’t a support-system for art. It’s the other way around.
You must not come lightly to the blank page.
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above allothers: read a lot and write a lot.
Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, gettingdates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s aboutenriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, gettingwell, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.