Sylvia Plath

The Worst Enemy

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

Sylvia Plath

Madeleine L'Engle

During Work

“Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.”

Madeleine L’Engle

It has been a while since I posted a quote. Figured this tidbit from Madeleine L’Engle was pertinent for most authors. So… yeah, what are you doing reading the internet? As much as I like you coming here and hanging out, you should really get back to writing.

Anne Rice

Don’t Bend

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

Anne Rice

So, interesting aside. This quote is oddly often misattributed to Franz Kafka when in fact it comes from an introduction written by Anne Rice about a collection of Kafka short stories in 1995. The Quote Investigator had a great little post about it. Check it out here →

David Bowie

David Bowie on Stardust

My friend Emily shared this Blank on Blank and, after watching it, I knew I’d need to post it here. Some wonderful and amazing thoughts from David Bowie. I especially like his reasoning around art and audience and the artist’s relationship to their work. Watch it below.

“You should turn around at the end of the day and say I really like that piece of work or that piece of work sucked. Not, was that popular or wasn’t it popular?”

Rest in peace, Mr. Bowie. Thanks for being one of the good ones.

Ray Bradbury

Don’t Think

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.”

Ray Bradbury