“For once the disease of reading has laid upon the system it weakens so that it falls an easy prey to that other scourge which dwells in the ink pot and festers in the quill. The wretch takes to writing.”-Virginia Woolf, Orlando
Robert Louis Stevenson on Language
“All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.”-Robert Louis Stevenson
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”-Stephen King
“A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.”-Edgar Allan Poe
What are your thoughts, fellow short story writers?
Is your philosophy at odds with Poe’s?
Let me know in the comments!
“Don’t you ever mind,” she asked suddenly, “not being rich enough to buy all the books you want?”-Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth
“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.”-Henry Miller
“I am governed by the pull of the sentence as the pull of fabric is governed by gravity.”-Marianne Moore