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18 Quotes on Writing by Chuck Palahniuk

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Chuck Palahniuk on Writing

“History is filled with brilliant people who wanted to fix things and just made them worse.”
“The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.”
“Have your adventures, make your mistakes, and choose your friends poorly all — these make for great stories.”
“I wanted to write about the moment when your addictions no longer hide the truth from you. When your whole life breaks down. That's the moment when you have to somehow choose what your life is going to be about.”
“That's why I write, because life never works except in retrospect. You can't control life, at least you can control your version.”
“Real writers write because they love to write. They don't write for public acclaim.”
“Don't rush or force the ending. All you have to know is the next scene, or the next few scenes.”
“The worst part of writing fiction is the fear of wasting your life behind a keyboard. The idea that, dying, you'll realize you only lived on paper.”
“Every time I write something, I think, this is the most offensive thing I will ever write. But no. I always surprise myself.”
“Writing is like sex, if it's difficult you're not doing it right.”
“I always thought I'd write when I retired - when I turned 65. But by the time I was 33, to tell you the truth, I was a little bored with drugs and sex, and I thought I'd do the writing thing.”
“What you write should entertain you and serve you first. Don't worry about maintaining anything beyond your own attention. Focus on exorcising your demons in the work. If you can do that, then you'll succeed in the world.”
“Alternating the thoughtful task of writing with the mindless work of laundry or dish washing will give you the breaks you need for new ideas and insights to occur.”
“I remember selling my first short story and thinking, Oh my god, I sold something for fifty dollars! That gives me the authority to say I'm a writer and to actually write more things! It legitimized the activity.”
“Some writers research in order to write. I write in order to research topics that interest me.”
“Every character sees the world through a framework of education and experience that they're proud experts about. To write a character, find out what they know best, and THEN you'll know how they'll describe a "hot day." Or a "pretty girl."”
“My writing process isn't a very organized thing. The actual writing part is a tiny part of my life. I often write in public. I bring my laptop or write freehand in notebooks. Then, I'll read through them while I exercise or walk the dog. The very last thing I do is the sitting alone at the computer part.”
“I write compulsively. I've got so many ideas, and I love to do it so much, I can't not do it. I write the way some people do drugs.”
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