Saturday, August 01, 2009

Advice to Writers: Virginia Woolf

Write What You Wish to Write

So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say. But to sacrifice a hair of the head of your vision, a shade of its color, in deference to some Headmaster with a silver pot in his hand or to some professor with a measuring-rod up his sleeve, is the most abject treachery.
-VIRGINIA WOOLF

I really like this. Write what you want to write. Many greats in the literary world did that. Stephen King is the prime example of that. He didn't care what people thoughts were of his writing, he wrote what he wanted to write and now he is one of the most literary legends in literature. One of my problems with my books is that I'm taking what's already out there and putting in some unique twists to the themes, so the thought of the rejections is mind blowing.

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