"This is a strange thing, but I’ve noticed it many times: a bad day’s work is a lot better than no day’s work at all.
The question authors get asked more than any other is “Where do you get your ideas from?” And we all find a way of answering which we hope isn’t arrogant or discouraging. What I usually say is “I don’t know where they come from, but I know where they come to: they come to my desk, and if I’m not there, they go away again."
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"[…] you better [start writing] now because you know how to write, and you have fingers, and you have this one life, and during this one life, you should put your words down, and make your voice heard, and then let others hear your voice. And the only way any of that’s going to happen is if you actually do it. People can’t read the thoughts in your head. They can only read the thoughts you put down, carefully and with great love, on the page."
"[Editing]’s the most important part. When you write a story, there are probably some good instincts there, but you’re blinded by the feelings of the moment. When you look back on a story later, you can be more objective. A story you wrote might have made sense to you at the time you wrote it, but it has to make sense for everyone who reads it. You can see where it doesn’t make sense."
1. Write first thing in the morning.
2. Break up your writing into half-hour tasks.
3. Figure out the things you can do without a computer.
4. Find someone who will keep you accountable.
5. Set a timer.
6. Write or Die.
7. Outsource or delegate non-writing tasks.
8. Don’t multi-task.
9. Turn off or block the internet.
10. Discover regular pockets of time you overlook every day.
11. Daydream with intention.
Read Meyer’s explanations here.