Summary of “So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists”

Don’t write what you know, write towards what you want to know.
In the end your first-grade teacher was correct: we can only write what we know.
If we write towards what we don’t supposedly know, we will find out what we knew but weren’t yet entirely aware of.
A writer is not someone who thinks obsessively about writing, or talks about it, or plans it, or dissects it, or even reveres it: a writer is the one who puts his arse in the chair when the last thing he wants to do is have his arse in the chair.
“Then the writing became so fluid that I sometimes felt as if I were writing for the sheer pleasure of telling a story, which may be the human condition that most resembles levitation.”Gabriel García Márquez.
Writing a character into being is like meeting someone you want to fall in love with.
Often we will want to write out of gender, race, time.
Something in you knows – it just knows – that everything you have written so far has just been preparation for what you are now about to write.

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