Open your mind to new experiences, particularly to the study of other people. Nothing that happens to a writer – however happy, however tragic – is ever wasted.
I choose to write because it’s perfect for me.
It’s an escape, a place I can go to hide.
It’s a friend, when I feel out casted from everyone else.
It’s a journal, when the only story I can tell is my own.
It’s a book, when I need to be somewhere else.
It’s control, when I feel so out of control.
It’s healing, when everything seems pretty messed up.
And it’s fun, when life is just flat-out boring.
“A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?”
– George Orwell