Don Roff Quotes

Don Roff Quotes

Nothing's a better cure for writer's block than to eat ice cream right out of the carton.

Always mystify, torture, mislead, and surprise the audience as much as possible.

The recipe for great art has always been misery and a good bowel movement.

A writer always writes.

I've found the best way to revise your own work is to pretend that somebody else wrote it and then to rip the living shit out of it.

A migraine is the cockblock of writing.

If you treat your characters like people, they'll reward you by being fully developed individuals.

Writing a story, regardless of length, begins always with a single word.

If you focus on the humanity of your stories, your characters, then the horror will be stronger, scarier. Without the humanity, the horror becomes nothing more than a tawdry parlor trick. All flash and no magic, and worst of all, no heart.

When you're writing what you love, it's the most fun you can have with your clothing still on, unless of course, you write naked.

Even if you're in the thick of revising another work, write something new. Something small. It's important to keep telling yourself stories.

Love it when a compelling new character kicks open your mental door, tracks mud across your brain, and props their feet up on your cerebrum.

Always work with/surround yourself with people who help make you a better version of you. Kindly avoid those who don't.

Successful writing is a slow, daily, meticulous form of mental illness.

Write about the thing that scares you most or your most private confession and you'll never have a problem coming up with decent fiction.

I write fiction. It may have mystery, it may have horror, it may have fantasy, it may have love, but like life, it's all the same genre.

Authors must spend months, years making fantasy believable in a single work while reality runs rampant and complete chaos elsewhere.

Write for impact first, money second. If you do it the other way around, you’ll end up with less of either.

Writers often torture themselves trying to get the words right. Sometimes you must lower your expectations and just finish it.

You can be a writer who doesn't read everyday. But you're not fooling anyone. It shows, rather embarrassingly, in your work.

Nothing says work efficiency like panic mode.

Fear and self-doubt are the deadly enemies of creativity. Don’t invite either into your mind.

It's my belief that people enter your life at exactly the right time.

But people in a small town tend to do a lot of talking, even when they don’t know what they’re talking about.

If you schlep a shit job everyday, keep and feed a little secret life-whether it's writing, art, running, music, your thoughts. It's yours.

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