Quote Wednesday(Wise words to help you get past the hump)

What is needed is, in the end, simply this: solitude, great inner solitude. Going into yourself and meeting no one for hours on end–that is what you must be able to attain.- Rainer Maria Rilke

If creative work protects a man against mental illness, it is small wonder that he pursues it with avidity; and even if the state of mind he is seeking to avoid is no more than a mild state of depression or apathy, this still constitutes a cogent reason for engaging in creative work even when it brings no obvious external benefit in its train.-Anthony Storr

Anecdotes don’t make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about.- Alice Munro

Writers write about what obsesses them. You draw those cards. I lost my mother when I was 14. My daughter died at the age of 6. I lost my faith as a Catholic. When I’m writing, the darkness is always there. I go where the pain is.-Anne Rice

The main question to a novel is – did it amuse? were you surprised at dinner coming so soon? did you mistake eleven for ten? were you too late to dress? and did you sit up beyond the usual hour? If a novel produces these effects, it is good; if it does not – story, language, love, scandal itself cannot save it. It is only meant to please; and it must do that or it does nothing.- Sydney Smith

Editors also know that the people who are really readers want to read. They hunger to read. They will forgive a vast number of clumsinesses and scamped work of every sort if the author will delight them just enough to keep them able to continue.-William Sloane

Writing for me is just like building a chair, making an artifact. The idea is that you build, create a story and cobble it together. If it stands up, that’s good. If it stands up, it’s comfortable, it’s a good story, a good chair.-Scott Smith

I have a theory of my own about what the art of the novel is, and how it came into being….It happens because the storyteller’s own experience…has moved him to an emotion so passionate that he can no longer keep it shut up in his heart.-Lady Murasaki, The Tale of Genji

Writers are schizophrenic. On the one hand we tell ourselves, “This is a work of genius! I’ve created Art!” Then we try to peddle it, like a widget, to The New Yorker, Playboy, or SF Age.-Ken Rand

My work…is to shatter the faith of men here, there, and everywhere, faith in affirmation, faith in negation, and faith in abstention from faith, and this for the sake of faith in faith itself.-Miguel de Unamuno

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