Richard Bausch quotes

  • I don't teach writing. I teach patience. Toughness. Stubbornness. The willingness to fail. I teach the life. The odd thing is most of the things that stop an inexperienced writer are so far from the truth as to be nearly beside the point. When you feel glosbal doubt about your talent, that is your talent. People who have no talent don't have any doubt.
    -- Richard Bausch

    #Writing #People #Doubt

  • To my mind, nothing is as important as good writing, because in literature, the walls between people and cultures are broken down, and the things that plague us most—suspicion and fear of the other, and the tendency to see whole groups of people as objects, as monoliths of one cultural stereotype or another—are defeated. This work is not done as a job, ladies and gentlemen, it is done out of love for the art and the artists who brought it forth, and who still bring it forth to us, down the years and across ignorance and chaos and borderlines.
    -- Richard Bausch

    #Art #Jobs #Wall

  • When you reach a place where you feel blocked, lower your standards and keep on going. There is no possible way to do permanent damage to a piece of writing. You cannot ruin it. You can only make it a little better a little at a time.
    -- Richard Bausch

    #Writing #Pieces #Littles

  • A good story needs only a good storyteller.
    -- Richard Bausch

    #Needs #Stories #Storyteller

  • Mostly you write to find out what you have to say.
    -- Richard Bausch

    #Writing

  • My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.

  • He [Hemingway] used a stand-up work place he had fashioned out of the top of of a bookcase near his bed. His portable typewriter was snugged in there and papers were spread along the top of the bookcase on either side of it. He used a reading board for longhand writing.

  • It came about as follows: over the years when I was involved in dianetics, I wrote the beginnings of many stories. I would get an idea, and then write the beginning, and then never touch it again.

  • I’m not a fan of ‘write what you know.’ If you don’t know, find out. I knew nothing about the Bible before I started writing ‘The Year of Living Biblically.’ That was kind of the point – to learn.

  • When I write I have no loyalty except to historical truth as I see it and care no more about British achievements and mistakes than any other.

  • Money has no color. If you can build a better mousetrap, it won't matter whether you're black or white. People will buy it.

  • Find a need and fill it. Successful businesses are founded on the needs of people.

  • Science is the outcome of being prepared to live without certainty and therefore a mark of maturity. It embraces doubt and loose ends.

  • It's okay to doubt yourself, it's okay to feel down; just never give up.

  • As the music played over the speakers and the waterfall in the pool filled the silence around us, I knew that without a doubt I had just been ruined.