"We writers are born with something- I don’t know what it is- whether it’s a physical attribute, whether it’s something in the brain, most likely something in the formation of the brain that from early childhood we are unusually observant, we are always taking in what it is to be the other, the other person."

Nadine Gordimer (via a-glimpse-of-eternity)

"Don’t think you’re the only bastard who ever suffered— just write as if you were."

William Logan (via lovesquotes333)

"There are two kinds of writer: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder."

Brian Aldiss (via hello095)

(via hello095)

"You are Legion. The Internet is 55% porn, and 45% writers. You are not alone, and that’s a thing both good and bad. It’s bad because you can never be the glittery little glass pony you want to be. It’s bad because the competition out there is as thick as an ungroomed 1970s pubic tangle. It’s good because, if you choose to embrace it, you can find a community. A community of people who will share their neuroses and their drink recipes. And their, ahem, “fictional” methods for disposing of bodies."

Chuck Wendig, 25 Things Every Writer Should Know (via stsathyre)

The world is comic.


"What I’ve come to realize is that, for me, the serious and the comic are one and the same. I don’t see humor as some sort of shrunken or deficient cousin of ‘real’ writing. Being funny is about as deep and truthful as I can be. When I am really feeling life and being truthful, the resulting prose is comic. The world is comic. It’s not always funny but it is always comic. Comic, for me, means that there is always a shortfall between what we think of ourselves and what we are. Life is too hard and complicated for a person to live above it, and the moments when this is underscored are comic. But, of course, they are also deep. Maybe the most clearly we ever see reality is when it boots us in the ass."

- George Saunders, “George Saunders’s Humor” The New Yorker. June 23 2014

"Many people think that it’s the skill that’s remarkable about a work of art, but lately I think more and more that the truly remarkable thing is that it got made at all…Creating something is such a tremendous act of nerve. It’s a declaration of taking up space, of deserving to exist."

Lisa Hsia (via ittakesalotofwater)

"There is only one type of story in the world. Your story."

Ray Bradbury (via audensdarktreasury)

"The worst that being an artist could do to you would be that it would make you slightly unhappy constantly."

J.D. Salinger, De Daumier-Smith’s Blue Period (via molllyw0bbles)

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