— Orson Scott Card, Characters and Viewpoint (via shannahmcgill)
Motive is what gives moral to a character’s acts. What a character does, no matter how awful or how good, is never morally absolute: What seemed to be murder may turn out to have been self-defense, madness, or illusion; what seemed to be a kiss may turn out to have been betrayal, deception, or irony.
We never fully understand other people’s motives in real life. In fiction, however, we can help our readers understand our characters’ motives with clarity, sometimes even certainty. This is one of the reasons why people buy fiction — to come to some understanding of why people act the way they do.
A character is what he does, yes — but even more, a character is what he means to do.
— Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card (via shannahmcgill)
Literary Birthday - 30 September
Happy Birthday, Truman Capote, born 30 September 1924, died 25 August 1984
10 Intriguing Truman Capote Quotes On Writing
- To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make.
- A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That’s why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet.
- You can’t blame a writer for what the characters say.
- Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.
- All literature is gossip
- Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.
- Since each story presents its own technical problems, obviously one can’t generalize about them on a two-times-two-equals-four basis. Finding the right form for your story is simply to realize the most natural way of telling the story.
- All writing, all art, is an act of faith.
- My preferred pastimes are conversation, reading, travel and writing, in that order.
- It’s a very excruciating life facing that blank piece of paper every day and having to reach up somewhere into the clouds and bring something down out of them.
Truman Capote was an American author, whose short stories, novels, plays, and non-fiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the true crime novel In Cold Blood.
At least 20 films and television dramas have been produced from Capote novels, stories and screenplays.
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Literary Birthday - 25 September
Happy Birthday, William Faulkner, born 25 September 1897, died 6 July 1962
The Best 10 William Faulkner Quotes On Writing
- The best fiction is far more true than any journalism.
- If a story is in you, it has to come out.
- Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other.
- In writing, you must kill all your darlings.
- Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
- The artist doesn’t have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don’t have the time to read reviews.
- A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.
- The writer’s only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one. He has a dream. Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency, security, happiness, all, to get the book written. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies.
- My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.
- Read, read, read. Read everything— trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.
William Faulkner was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate. Faulkner is one of the most important writers of Southern literature in the United States. He was awarded the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature. A Fable (1954) and his last novel The Reivers (1962), won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Love ya, Will. A Rose For Miss Emily is one of my favorites. :)
i think writing in voice is pretty simple. its mostly about consistency. choosing a set of parameters and committing to them absolutely. it can even be a shitty set of parameters and a crappy character. but if you keep hammering away at that voice, people will say, damn thats some pretty good characterization there! i mean… they might be WRONG. but theyll SAY it.
the advantage in being so obstinate with the profile you choose is then any deviation you make will be very noticeable. this is to your advantage, if you can control these deviations with purpose and precision. such deviations can serve as the pillars for character development. they cant happen without the consistency first. and ironically, without the consistency, they DO happen. for the wrong reasons. because you fucked up.
The lack of proper punctuation was intentional on his part.
— Jacques Barzun (via writersrelief)
— Rudolph Flesch (via amandaonwriting)