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A writer is a world trapped in a person.

Victor Hugo (via thetrickyowl)
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When you start, it’s very cold, an impossible task. But then maybe the characters start to take on a little bit of life, or the story takes a turn that you don’t expect … With me that happens a lot because I don’t outline, I just have a vague notion. So it’s always felt like less of a made thing and more of a found thing. That’s exciting. That’s a thrill.

Stephen King (via writingquotes)

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Writing a novel belongs to that category of thing—like surviving the Hunger Games and eating an entire large pizza by yourself—that appears to be impossible but actually isn’t.

Lev Grossman, in his 2013 NaNo pep talk (via nanowrigormortis)

When I talk about NaNo in context of Dream It, Do It, this perfectly sums up how it feels to climb to the top of that first novel mountain.