Enter the black, unbroken dream of The Road.
Gardner may kindle your desire for creative, self-expression, or ...
The workbench peels back the cover and let's the sobering truth out. Read more
All of us need a source of inspiration and a page or two of worship. Mine are here.
The site's goal is simple: to lay out a set of tools for the writing community. Looking for an online dictionary, thesaurus, or the complete text to The Elements of Style? Or maybe something larger for forging a novel?
I like to approach writing projects in the following phases:
Slicing up the writing process into distinctive pieces serves a couple of purposes: (1) it's convenient, (2) it focuses discussion, and (3) it organizes content on the writing-workbench. For many writers this process is intuitive, and the rest of us get hung-up on one phase of the process. Can you guess which phase?
As you explore the site, you'll quickly realize I'm a big fan of quoting other writers. I'll end this page with one of favorites.
Finally, the novelist is the one who doesn't quit. Novel-writing is not so much a profession as a yoga, or "way," an alternative to ordinary life-in-the-world. Its benefits are quasi-religious--a changed quality of mind and heart, satisfactions no non-novelist can understand--and its rigors generally bring no profit except to the spirit. For those who are authentically called to the profession, spiritual profits are enough. - On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner