Fie cǎ suntem cititori de cursǎ lungǎ sau poate chiar cochetǎm uneori cu tainele scrisului, pasiunea noastrǎ poate fi pusǎ la încercare de diferite tipuri de blocaje, frustrante în esenţa lor, dar pe care reuşim sǎ le gestionǎm şi sǎ le acceptǎm ca parte din procesul creaţiei.
Cǎrţile de mai jos nu sunt neapǎrat terapeutice, de citit la greu, ci şi când planetele sunt frumos aliniate şi muzele sunt la locul lor, lângǎ noi, pentru şi mai multǎ inspiraţie şi elan.
“You begin to string words together like beads to tell a story. You are desperate to communicate, to edify or entertain, to preserve moments of grace or joy or transcendence, to make real or imagined events come alive. But you cannot will this to happen. It is a matter of persistence and faith and hard work. So you might as well just go ahead and get started”.
“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship”.
“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open”.
“In your reading, find books to improve your color sense, your sense of shape and size in the world”.
“That’s the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you”.
“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.
Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates the strength of Resistance. Therefore, the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul”.
“Don’t ever write a novel unless it hurts like a hot turd coming out”. ~ Charles Bukowski
“Breathe in experience, breathe out poetry”. ~ Muriel Rukeyser
“Good fiction is made of what is real, and reality is difficult to come by”. ~ Ralph Ellison
“Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style”. ~ Kurt Vonnegut
“Write without pay until somebody offers pay; if nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for”. ~ Mark Twain
‘And the words slide into the slots ordained by syntax, and glitter as with atmospheric dust with those impurities which we call meaning.’- Anthony Burgess
“Before the words slide into their slots, they are just discrete items, pointing everywhere and nowhere. Once the words are nested in the places ‘ordained’ for them — ‘ordained’ is a wonderful word that points to the inexorable logic of syntactic structures — they are tied by ligatures of relationships to one another. They are subjects or objects or actions or descriptives or indications of manner, and as such they combine into a statement about the world, that is, into a meaning that one can contemplate, admire, reject, or refine”.
“All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time”.
“First, there must be talent, much talent. Talent such as Kipling had. Then there must be discipline. The discipline of Flaubert. Then there must be the conception of what it can be and an absolute conscience as unchanging as the standard meter in Paris, to prevent faking. Then the writer must be intelligent and disinterested and above all he must survive. Try to get all these things in one person and have him come through all the influences that press on a writer. The hardest thing, because time is so short, is for him to survive and get his work done”.
“When you buy a book, you establish a property right in it, just as you do in clothes or furniture when you buy and pay for them. But the act of purchase is actually only the prelude to possession in the case of a book. Full ownership of a book only comes when you have made it a part of yourself, and the best way to make yourself a part of it — which comes to the same thing — is by writing in it.
Why is marking a book indispensable to reading it? First, it keeps you awake — not merely conscious, but wide awake. Second, reading, if it is active, is thinking, and thinking tends to express itself in words, spoken or written. The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks. Third, writing your reactions down helps you to remember the thoughts of the author.
Reading a book should be a conversation between you and the author. Presumably he knows more about the subject than you do; if not, you probably should not be bothering with his book. But understanding is a two-way operation; the learner has to question himself and question the teacher, once he understands what the teacher is saying. Marking a book is literally an expression of your differences or your agreements with the author. It is the highest respect you can pay him”.
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