"You start by writing to live. You end by writing so as not to die."
Carlos Fuentes (via hugtheground)
theresapattern asked: Hi Seanan. I have a question about writing for you. Do you enjoy the act of writing itself? I love all the parts of writing right up to the point of having to actually turn extensive plot notes into real writing, at which point my love turns to utter loathing. Once I've forced myself through the writing part and am rereading and editing I'm generally pleased with what I've done. But overall I just really, really hate the act of writing. Is this normal or do I need to rethink my life plans?
I love the act of writing.
Sometimes while I’m writing, I will literally stop and stare at the screen, overcome with the fact that I am putting little symbols on a page and other people will be able to read them and understand what I meant and holy shit WORDS who thought of this thing this words thing this WRITTEN LANGUAGE thing and omg maybe people will take my words in THIS language and turn them into words in another language and WON’T THAT BE AMAZING.
I love the bend and flow of it. I love chasing down repetition and stressing my syllables so that there’s hidden poetry and sneaking in references to things no one will ever see but me and finding just the right word JUST THE PERFECT WORLD and knowing that maybe someday someone will read those words and know them all the way down to their bones. The first time I met someone with MY WORDS words that I WROTE tattooed on them, I wanted to die on the spot, because I knew that my life had been well-spent and meaningful.
Sometimes it is hard. And sometimes it is like I am Calvin on his sled, and the story is Hobbes, and we are racing down a mountain together, and I can fly.
I love writing.
But not everyone does. Some writers actually dislike it a lot. So not loving the act of writing doesn’t mean you can’t be a writer; it just means you’ll need to find other ways to keep yourself motivated, since “OMG OMG I GET TO WRIIIIIIIIITE” is not going to do it for you.
"The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone’s neurosis, and we’d have mighty dull literature if all the writers that came along were a happy bunch of chuckleheads."
William Styron (via madkin18)
"Publishers are thieves, they are on the other side of the barricade."
Paul Bowles (via inaneverendingbook)
"When I was teaching — I taught for a while — my students would write as if they were raised by wolves. Or raised on the streets. They were middle-class kids and they were ashamed of their background. They felt like unless they grew up in poverty, they had nothing to write about. Which was interesting because I had always thought that poor people were the ones who were ashamed. But it’s not. It’s middle-class people who are ashamed of their lives. And it doesn’t really matter what your life was like, you can write about anything. It’s just the writing of it that is the challenge. I felt sorry for these kids, that they thought that their whole past was absolutely worthless because it was less than remarkable."
David Sedaris (via writingquotes)