We call this one “An Unexpected Duo of Brown Eyed Optimistic Men” or “Brand New Besties.” Won’t you Cuomon over and browse our new hardcover non-fiction?”
"Cuomon over"? Oh, you.
Character, I think, is the single most important thing in fiction. You might read a book once for its interesting plot—but not twice.
Diana Gabaldon (via writingbox)
For the length of time it takes to write a book, you need to believe that you’re the only writer in existence; the only one who matters. You need to shut yourself away and allow the creativity to build up, not leak out through worry and comparisons and doubt.
Martin Cosgrove (via writersrelief)
I fell asleep with my ereader in my hand for the first time last night and I discovered that that thing HURTS when it falls on your head. Much more than a paper book.
Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for Short Stories
1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
4. Every sentence must do one of two things–reveal character or advance the action.
5. Start as close to the end as possible.
6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them–in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
Kurt Vonnegut (via chrisarrant)
"#Reading makes you taller and smarter." #quotes #cats
“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”
"The Perennial Philosophy" by Aldous Huxley. This book ties together the threads of the mystic experience, that is, the direct and personal experience of God, from both Western and Eastern traditions. It is one of those books that gives you one "a ha" moment after another. It was for me a life changing book.
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