“Don’t ever apologize to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that’s what they’re there for. Use your library). Don’t apologize to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend’s copy. What’s important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read…”—Neil Gaiman (via writingweasels)
As much as I love reading I sometimes procrastinate about reading, and then when I sit down and read I think: god damn why did I not choose to read this sooner? and then I think: oh right, it’s because I’m an idiot.
“I never asked Tolstoy to write for me, a little colored girl in Lorain, Ohio. I never asked [James] Joyce not to mention Catholicism or the world of Dublin. Never. And I don’t know why I should be asked to explain your life to you. We have splendid writers to do that, but I am not one of them. It is that business of being universal, a word hopelessly stripped of meaning for me. Faulkner wrote what I suppose could be called regional literature and had it published all over the world. That’s what I wish to do. If I tried to write a universal novel, it would be water. Behind this question is the suggestion that to write for black people is somehow to diminish the writing. From my perspective there are only black people. When I say ‘people,’ that’s what I mean.”—Toni Morrison (via writingquotes)
Reading Hellraisers makes me appalled at the volume of alcohol humans can ingest and be functional, jealous of the mental and physical constitutions of several raucous, insane, brilliant actors, and astounded that none of these men ended up dead by 40…
“Once I learned to value and respect my characters, I could really hear them. I let them start talking. The important thing is not to censor them. What they are talking about may not seem to have anything to do with what you as a writer are writing about but it does.”—August Wilson (via theparisreview)