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Writing is hard work. A clear sentence is no accident. Very few sentences come out right the first time, or even the third time. Remember this in moments of despair. If you find that writing is hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things that people do.

William Zinsser (via writingquotes)

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Growing Organic Characters

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In Spirited Away, Miyazaki’s young protagonist Chihiro starts as a whiny, passive child, but the story forces her to grow up or give up, creating a bildungsroman of bravery and selflessness.

Miyazaki’s Spirited Away: Growing Organic Characters, from StoryForge Productions

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…I really stretched the budget to try to make it work but the reality was simply more expensive—kind of the equivalent of jamming a square peg in a round hole.

Novelist Kelly Thompson, author of The Girl Who Would Be King and Storykiller, on her experiences with self-publishing and Kickstarter. See the full interview at StoryForge Productions!

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Write as if you were dying. At the same time, assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case. What would you begin writing if you knew you would die soon? What could you say to a dying person that would not enrage by its triviality?

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard — What would you write?

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A work in progress quickly becomes feral….As the work grows, it gets harder to control; it is a lion growing in strength. You must visit it every day and reassert your mastery over it. If you skip a day, you are, quite rightly, afraid to open the door to its room. You enter its room with bravura, holding a chair at the thing and shouting, ‘Simba!’

Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

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Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences. They are the ones who keep writing. They are the ones who discover what is most important and strangest and most pleasurable in themselves, and keep believing in the value of their work, despite the difficulties.

Bonnie Friedman (via writetothestars)