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randomhouse:

Ahem.

*adjusts collar* 

couldn’t finish the book. 

will definitely watch this movie.

awritersruminations:

Claire’s Knee (1970), directed by Eric Rohmer

awritersruminations:

Claire’s Knee (1970), directed by Eric Rohmer

So You Want To Be A Writer by Charles Bukowski

if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
typewriter
searching for words,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it for money or
fame,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don’t do it.
if it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
don’t do it.
if you’re trying to write like somebody
else,
forget about it.
if you have to wait for it to roar out of
you,
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you’re not ready.

don’t be like so many writers,
don’t be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don’t be dull and boring and
pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-
love.
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
sleep
over your kind.
don’t add to that.
don’t do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don’t do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.

Applies to writing too.

Applies to writing too.

(Source: nedhepburn, via ilovecharts)


“After all this time, it seems to me like straight and fast is the only way out- but I choose the labyrinth. The labyrinth blows, but I choose it.”

After all this time, it seems to me like straight and fast is the only way out- but I choose the labyrinth. The labyrinth blows, but I choose it.”

(Source: maxeirons, via epicjohngreenquotes)

Anonymous asked: I need help, how would you describe a black character without being offensive and without using "cafe au late" or any other coffee/chocolate words

When I describe black characters, I just say brown/dark-skinned although there are other ways to do it. I’m personally not offended by food words, but I do think there are infinitely more inventive ways to describe brown skin. There are so many shades of brown too: crunchy autumn leaves brown, wet soil after rain brown, sand, polished wood, copper or rust or golden brown. Have you ever described brown hair? You can use the same words for skin, in my opinion. 

All that to say, just give dark skin the same respect you’d give to white skin. If you wouldn’t describe a lighter-skinned person as peachy, don’t describe a darker one as chocolate. If you would, then go for it. I don’t think its that complicated, and at the end of the day, someone is always going to be offended by something in your writing. There is no book on the planet that is 100% PC, or universally loved.

“There’s a word in Japanese for being sad in the springtime — a whole word for just being sad — about how pretty the flowers are and how soon they’re going to die.”Sarah Ruhl, Melancholy Play (via lifeinpoetry)

(Source: soliloquy-s, via teachingliteracy)

My friend made this TFIOS Venn Diagram Okay.
And it is SO NOT OKAY.
(courtesy of the super-awesome amateurphoenix.)

My friend made this TFIOS Venn Diagram Okay.

And it is SO NOT OKAY.

(courtesy of the super-awesome amateurphoenix.)

(Source: ashwrites)

the-lexi-con:

In which case, you fail by default.

I just adore JK Rowling. Forever and ever.

(Source: gioantonellis, via theartofnotwriting)