Herman Melville’s Daily Routine and Thoughts on the Writing Life | Brain Pickings Better Writers, Writing Life
"Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities..."
When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when you come out know everything that you saw there and not only that. And always think of other people.
How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word
How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut's 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word | Brain Pickings
Hailed as one of the most successful writers alive, Stephen King has hundreds of books under his belt, most of which bestsellers. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is part master-blueprint, part memoir, part meditation on the writer’s life, filtered through the lens of his near-fatal car crash and the newfound understanding of living it precipitated.
Vladimir Nabokov on What Makes a Good Reader: "The mind, the brain, the top of the tingling spine, is, or should be, the only instrument used upon a book."