if I knew myself, I'd run away.
Mark Twain (via prettybooks)
- Raymond Obstfeld from Novelist’s Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes
Hard but good advice. I am far too often guilty of this, even with this being one of my favorite writing books. While I am often insistent that creative writing is the simulation and not the replication of life, this is one of those instances where hewing closer to reality can yield a much richer tale because it forces the reader to go through the story with the character.
John Irving (via emptymanuscript)
Alain de Botton, On Love (via justbesplendid)
“If one has failed to develop curiosity and interest in the early years, it is a good idea to acquire them now, before it is too late to improve the quality of life.
To do so is fairly easy in principle, but more difficult in practice. Yet it is sure worth trying. The first step is to develop the habit of doing whatever needs to be done with concentrated attention, with skill rather than inertia. Even the most routine tasks, like washing dishes, dressing, or mowing the lawn become more rewarding if we approach them with the care it would take to make a work of art. The next step is to transfer some psychic energy each day from tasks that we don’t like doing, or from passive leisure, into something we never did before, or something we enjoy doing but don’t do often enough because it seems too much trouble. There are literally millions of potentially interesting things in the world to see, to do, to learn about. But they don’t become actually interesting until we devote attention to them.”
― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Finding Flow: The Psychology Of Engagement With Everyday Life (via justbesplendid)
Dr Seuss (via justbesplendid)
W. Somerset Maugham (via ree-writes)