If that’s true, then Auden himself was one of the most ambitious men of his generation.
The poet was obsessively punctual and lived by an exacting timetable throughout his life.
You can learn only by doing.” ― “It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn't in the middle of the room. It's the other way around.” ― “Let's get one thing clear right now, shall we?
There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun.
If you’re strapped for time you can bookmark this page to read the routines later and skip straight to these bite-sized strategies now. Best-selling thriller writer, Stephen King, has penned over 50 novels and sold over 350 million copies in a career that spans over 40 years. There’s a certain time I sit down, from to , somewhere within that half hour every morning,” he explained.
In an interview with Game Of Thrones Author, George R. Martin, Martin asks Stephen King how he writes so fast and gets so much work done. when I’m working I work every day — three, four hours, and I try to get those six pages, and I try to get them fairly clean. You don’t ever have a day where you sit down there and it’s like constipation? “I have my vitamin pill and my music, sit in the same seat, and the papers are all arranged in the same places…The cumulative purpose of doing these things the same way every day seems to be a way of saying to the mind, you’re going to be dreaming soon.”When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at four a.m. In the afternoon, I run for ten kilometers or swim for fifteen hundred meters (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. But to hold to such repetition for so long — six months to a year — requires a good amount of mental and physical strength.It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy.” ― “In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because it 'got boring,' the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight of his priority, which is to keep the ball rolling.” ― “If you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns.The least of all should be polite society and what it expects.“Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends.In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well.Now comes the big question: What are you going to write about?And the equally big answer: Anything you damn well want.” ― “I have spent a good many years since―too many, I think―being ashamed about what I write.I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction or poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent.If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that's all.” ― “Good description is a learned skill, one of the prime reasons why you cannot succeed unless you read a lot and write a lot.Then dinner was served, with copious amounts of wine, followed by more wine and conversation. White, the famous author of one the best children’s books of all time, Charlotte’s Web, shares his strategies for dealing with distractions and sticking to his daily writing routine…I never listen to music when I’m working.Auden went to bed early, never later than and, as he grew older, closer to . I haven’t that kind of attentiveness, and I wouldn’t like it at all.