"It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass. Yet regardless of where they come from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them — with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself. Still illiterate, I was ready for them, committed to all the reading I could give them …"
— Eudora Welty; One Writer’s Beginnings (William E.Massey Senior Lectures in the History of American Civilization)
"I have a friend who keeps saying I look like Virginia Woolf. I’ve picked through pictures of her, and failed to see the likeness. But I think I get it now. It’s not the gaunt countenance or the messy bun or the grim expression. She was a suicidal writer. And after a turbulent life of bleeding onto the page, she could take no more. I have no intention of walking into a river, but I must say, I often feel like my pockets are already filled with stones."
— A Woolf in Sheep’s Clothing (via heroes-get-made)
heatherharp said: That was literally the worst pickup line I have ever thought up and I apologize profusely haha :D
That fact that it is genuinely the best pick up line I’ve ever been on the receiving end of might be information that makes you feel better? (Whilst simultaneously revealing a lot about the calibre of loser I attract in bars ^^”)
I thought you’d go with the “fine print” cliché, so kudos for striking out with something different! ;D
heatherharp said: Baby, are you a bookshelf? Because I am suddenly feeling the urge to fill you up ;)
"This is all you have to do. Sit down once a day to the novel and start working without internal criticism, without debilitating expectations, without the need to look at your words as if they were already printed and bound.
The beginning is only a draft. Drafts are imperfect by definition."
— Walter Mosley (via planb-becomeapirate)
(Source: writingquotes, via aideemoi)
"Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."
— E.L. Doctorow (via strandedstmarkscitylights)