Harlan Ellison

Cast the Bones

“People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it.”

Harlan Ellison

4 thoughts on “Cast the Bones

    1. Yeah, same. There’s been a lot of discussions lately about the whole “write every day” adage. As with every adage, some people disagree with it for various reasons (they work differently, it misleads those who might not function that way, etc.) To me, the maxim is reflective of discipline… what Ellison is saying actually works better in a lot of ways, but the intent is the same as those who say “write every day.” In the end, you have to put in the work.


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