Books say: she did this because. Life says: she did this. Books are where things are explained to you, life where things aren’t.
—Julian Barnes (via writingquotes)
Most short stories have but one plot. The very best, however, have what I call a plot-and-a-half – that is, a main plot and a small subplot that feeds in a twist or an unexpected piece of business that ads crunch and flavor to the story as a whole.
I want to get more familiar with you. I love you. I loved you when you came and sat on the bed—all that second afternoon was like warm mist—and I hear again the way you say my name—with that queer accent of yours. You arouse in me such a mixture of feelings, I don’t know how to approach you. Only come to me—get closer to me. It will be beautiful, I promise.
—Henry Miller (via missatemptation)
Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t
wait to get to work in the morning. I wanted to know what
I was going to say.
—Sharon O’Brien (via writingquotes)