When I decided to become a writer,
someone told me to write about what I know.
I tried that advice, but I found it
to write about what I see
because I’ve found that I see more than I know.
And besides, who really cares
about what I know?
Becoming a Writer by Gail L. Winfree, from Things I Remember
Forget writing what you know. Write what you see.
"Progress is incremental for us, both as individual creative beings and together as a society and civilization. The flower doesn’t go from bud to blossom in one spritely burst. It’s just that culturally, we are not interested in the tedium of the blossoming. And yet that’s where all the real magic is in the making of one’s character and destiny."
- Maria Popova (via)
That, my friends, is a delicious quote.
"You know, the oddest thing about what’s happening right now is that we’ve stopped living our lives and we’re just recording them."
— George Clooney, recalling what he told President Obama during a fundraiser in which no one wanted to shake their hands, they just wanted to take their picture. (via parislemon)
Well done, Mr. Clooney. Well done.
"[The search for identity] is the American theme. The nature of our society is such that we are prevented from knowing who we are. It is still a young society, and this is an integral part of its development."
— Ralph Ellison (via theparisreview)