My perfect day is sitting in a room with some blank paper. That’s heaven. That’s gold and anything else is just a waste of time.
We should not write so that it is possible for the reader to understand us, but so that it is impossible for him to misunderstand us.
(Marcus Fabius Quintilianus), Roman rhetorician from Hispania, widely referred to in medieval schools of rhetoric and in Renaissance writing (c. 35-100) (tnx fast-t-feasts)
No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination.
— James Joyce
, Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century (1882-1941) in a letter to his brother, cited in Peter Hartshorn, James Joyce and Trieste, Greenwood Press, 1997, p.43.
There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.
Thoughts are real’, he said. ‘Words are real. Everything human is real, and sometimes we know things before they happen, even if we aren’t aware of it. We live in the present, but the future is inside us at every moment. Maybe that’s what writing is all about, Sid. Not recording events from the past, but making things happen in the future’.
— Paul Auster
, American author known for works blending absurdism, existentialism, crime fiction and the search for identity and personal meaning, Oracle Night
, Henry Holt, 2003
The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.
All over the world people are taking notes as a way of postponing, putting off and standing in for.