— (via michaeldx4)
March 7, 2013
"I think people want their illusions and writers are mostly illusion. When you read their words, you read a flattened, incomplete version of the writer."
February 19, 2013
"Each book is a new book. I’ve never written it before and I have to teach myself how to write it as I go along. The fact that I’ve written books in the past seems to play no part in it. I always feel like a beginner and I’m continually running into the same difficulties, the same blocks, the same despairs. You make so many mistakes as a writer, cross out so many bad sentences and ideas, discard so many worthless pages, that finally what you learn is how stupid you are. It’s a humbling occupation."
January 17, 2013
"After all, reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the reader creates emotion in their head, or the colors of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of a warm summer’s breeze on their face, they should reserve as much praise for themselves as they do for the writer - perhaps more."
— Jasper Fforde - The Well of Lost Plots
January 10, 2013
December 23, 2012
F. Scott, Zelda, and Scottie Fitzgerald in Paris, 1925
December 16, 2012
"Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there."
— Thomas Berger (via michaeldx4)
December 7, 2012
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
December 5, 2012
"Walk into a bookshop and you will see work by writers who produce a book every three months, writers who don’t own TV, writers with five children, writers who produce a book every twenty -five years, writers who never write sober, writers who have at least one eye on the film rights, writers who never think about money, writers who, in your opinion, can’t write at all. It doesn’t matter: they got the work done, and there they are up on the shelves. They might not stay there forever: readers, now and way off into the future, make that decision."
— Nick Hornby, More Baths Less Talking (via gabekarl)