Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.
a woman who is covered from neck to toe in very “modest”, covering clothes who partakes in sex whenever she fucking feels like it and has multiple partners
a woman whose wardrobe is entirely made up of mini skirts and belly shirts but is asexual
together they fight crime
… I want to write that.
so Charlotte Bronte read Emma by Jane Austen and was really interested in this minor character named Jane Fairfax who was poor and would have been a governess had she not married well and then Bronte wrote her own novel exploring the plight of the poor governess who married this guy named Edward Fairfax Rochester in a novel called Jane Eyre and my point is don’t let anyone tell you shit about fanfiction.
I love stories and protagonists that are not cynical
I love protagonists who believe wholeheartedly in something
I love protagonists who hate hurting anyone
I love stories about kindness in very unkind worlds
I love stories about people promising to be good to one another even if they cant know how to save the world or be good for any thing else
You can’t learn to write in college. It’s a very bad place for writers because the teachers always think they know more than you do—and they don’t. They have prejudices. They may like Henry James, but what if you don’t want to write like Henry James? They may like John Irving, for instance, who’s the bore of all time. A lot of the people whose work they’ve taught in the schools for the last thirty years, I can’t understand why people read them and why they are taught. The library, on the other hand, has no biases. The information is all there for you to interpret. You don’t have someone telling you what to think. You discover it for yourself.
The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.
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