Because I’m feeling a bit neurotic while working on revisions, starting work on chapter breakdowns on the series, and thinking about an additional series, here are some quotes from some overanxious but extremely awesome authors.
I spend my life essentially alone at a computer. That doesn’t change. I have the same challenges every day. –Dan Brown
Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.–Michael Crichton
This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back again.–Oscar Wilde
Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very;” your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. –Mark Twain
When I’m working on a novel, I work 70-hour weeks. –Dean Koontz
Every lunch hour, I’d go and sit in the churchyard opposite the shop and write a rondeau, just to keep my hand in. In the evening I’d write my novel. I discovered a method that’s worked for me ever since: to write three pages every day, no more, no less. If you can’t think of what to write, tough luck; write anyway. If you can think of lots more when you’ve finished the three pages, don’t write it; it’ll be that much easier to get going next day. And in one way my life hasn’t changed since then. I still write three pages every day, and I suppose I will till the day I die.–Philip Pullman
I never do a full outline, and if I did, I would not feel bound to it, because the view from inside a scene can be different from the view outside it. But neither do I just start writing and see what happens; I am far more disciplined than that.–Piers Anthony
My schedule is flexible, but I am rather particular about my instruments: lined Bristol cards and well-sharpened, not too hard, pencils capped with erasers.–Vladimir Nabokov
I write my first version in longhand…Then I type a third draft on yellow paper, a very special certain kind of yellow paper.–Capote
Writing was everywhere. And sometimes when I saw friends, I hardly recognized them. Several years were spent like that, difficult ones for me, yes, this might have lasted for ten years. And even when close friends came to see me, that, too, was horrible. My friends knew nothing about me: they meant well and came out of kindness, believing they would do me good. And strangest of all is that I thought nothing of it.–Marguerite Duras.
I get a fine warm feeling when I’m doing well, but that pleasure is pretty much negated by the pain of getting started each day. Let’s face it, writing is hell.–William Styron
I never write–indeed, I am physically incapable of writing–anything that I don’t think I will be paid for.–Capote
I am currently reading, “The Broker” by John Grisham. it is a little slow to start so I will have to let you know if it gets better.–John Grisham
I write nearly every day. Some days I write for ten or eleven hours. Other days I might only write for three hours. It really depends on how fast the ideas are coming.–J.K. Rowling