"Get disciplined. Learn to rush to your laptop and open it up. Open the file without asking yourself if you're in the mood, without thinking about anything else. Just open the file: and then you're safe. Once the words are on the screen, that becomes your distraction. Of course, it’s not distraction—it’s work, and it’s wonderful when it goes well. I’m sure other, more disciplined people can do it without needing to rush, but I have to. The moment you think okay, it’s work time, and face down the words, you rush past all the other things asking for your attention."
Once you begin watching spiders, you haven't time for much else.
It's not plausible or desirable to try to get the world to go away for hours at a time, but it's entirely possible to make it all shut up for 20 minutes.
There are only three principles necessary for a lyric writer, all of them familiar truisms....In no particular order, and to be written in stone:Content Dictates Form
Less Is More
God Is in the Details all in the service of Clarity
without which nothing else matters.
All novels are sequels; influence is bliss.
Keep calm and carry on.
Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one. Don't implement promises, but keep them.
If you're gonna write, for God in heaven's sake, try to get naked. Try to write the truth. Try to get underneath all the sham, all the excuses, all the lies that you've been told.
You don't write novels if you only write when inspired.
The essence of the story is motion.