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The first thing you have to know about writing is that it is something you must do every day – every morning or every night, whatever time it is that you have. Ideally, the time you decide on is also the time when you do your best work.

Walter Mosley (via writingquotes)

But I was fighting all the time to be able to rest in what was mine, to enjoy the warmest and best feeling of the moment, and not all the time to be thinking, Oh, God, this isn’t enough. Many of my dreams were never to be fulfilled, but I had found what I had never dreamed of: reality can be magnificent even when life is not.

Liv Ullmann, from Changing (via violentwavesofemotion)

If a writer like me has any value at all, then I think what I’m supposed to say are things that other people either don’t dare to say or find embarrassing. They say to themselves, “But if I say that, what will people think of me?”
That’s why I think most people see horror writers as depraved individuals who are strange, weird, a little bit creepy, probably unlovely, somebody who would be clammy to touch.
Most of the ones I know are big, hale and hearty, cheerful, outgoing, friendly people, and I think one of the reasons they are is that you have to have a certain confidence in yourself to be able to create a human monster.
Those are things that a lot of us keep locked in the closets of our minds and if we let them out, we let them out when there’s nobody around and our wives, husbands, or lovers are asleep.

Stephen King (via writingquotes)

If you want to be a fiction writer, you need to start reading like a fiction writer. To do so, you need to learn about craft so that the next time you pick up a contemporary short story, you’re reading it not as an abstraction floating in formaldehyde, existing simply for the theorist’s dull scalpel to saw on, but as a concrete thing constructed out of words and shaped by syntax, brought to life by a writer who made several thousand choices, some large, some small, before letting that imperfect beauty, the story, walk on its own two feet.

John McNally (via writingquotes)

When something bothered me, I didn’t talk with anyone about it. I thought it over all by myself, came to a conclusion, and took action alone. Not that I really felt lonely. I thought that’s just the way things are. Human beings, in the final analysis, have to survive on their own.

Sputnik Sweetheart (Haruki Murakami)

(Source: wordsthat-speak, via whimsical-nostalgia)

People think they know you. They think they know how you’re handling a situation. But the truth is no one knows. No one knows what happens after you leave them, when you’re lying in bed or sitting over your breakfast alone and all you want to do is cry or scream. They don’t know what’s going on inside your head—the mind-numbing cocktail of anger and sadness and guilt. This isn’t their fault. They just don’t know. And so they pretend and they say you’re doing great when you’re really not. And this makes everyone feel better. Everybody but you.

William H. Woodwell Jr. (via fawun)

(Source: art-any-road, via whimsical-nostalgia)