Just finished reading Capote by Gerald Clarke and here's a writerly quote that struck me to the core:
"He endlessly deliberated over such basics as structure and order; he could spend hours examining a single paragraph, like a diamond-cutter deciding how to transform a rough an homely stone into a glittering jewel; and, with some exceptions, he constantly and compulsively revised what he had already written. 'If only I were a writer that could write, not just rewrite,' he lamented to Donald Windham. When he made a mistake, as he did in the ending of The Grass Harp, it was an error in judgment, not a casual slip caused by sloppiness or inattention."
Does anyone write like this anymore? Maybe Matthew Pearl (Dante Club, The Poe Shadow). I could see that kind of care in his writing. But then his plot left much to be desired, at least in The Poe Shadow. I plan on reading his others before I say anything more.
Or are we all in such a hurry to finish, to send it off to the publisher, to get through those edits, to be done with it, and to focus on plotting and suspense (gotta write a bestseller!) rather than the skill of the writing itself?
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown
"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it." ~Jesse Stuart
"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf