Truman Capote (b. September 30): Seven intriguing quotes about writing

30 Sep


Truman Capote (born 30 September 1924, died 25 August 1984) was an American author whose short stories, novels, plays, and non-fiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the true crime novel In Cold Blood.

Here are a few of his intriguing quotes on writing:

  1. All writing, all art, is an act of faith. 
  2. You can’t blame a writer for what the characters say. 
  3. Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it. 
  4. To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make.
  5. It’s a very excruciating life facing that blank piece of paper every day and having to reach up somewhere into the clouds and bring something down out of them.
  6. Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.
  7. Since each story presents its own technical problems, obviously one can’t generalize about them on a two-times-two-equals-four basis. Finding the right form for your story is simply to realize the most natural way of telling the story. 

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