Stephen King on the Magic of Writing

Stephen King“Some of this book — perhaps too much — has been about how I learned to do it. Much of it has been about how you can do it better. The rest of it — and perhaps the best of it — is a permission slip: you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.”

Stephen King
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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Paul Theroux on Travel

Paul Theroux“The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown.”

Paul Theroux, The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road

Bruce Chatwin on Nomadic Lifestyles

Bruce Chatwin by Lord Snowdon

Bruce Chatwin by Lord Snowdon

“Gradually the idea for a book began to take shape. It was to be a wildly ambitious and intolerant work, a kind of ‘Anatomy of Restlessness’ that would enlarge on Pascal’s dictum about the man sitting quietly in a room. The argument, roughly, was as follows: that in becoming human, man had acquired, together with his straight legs and striding walk, a migratory ‘drive’ or instinct to walk long distances through the seasons; that this ‘drive’ was inseparable from his central nervous system; and, that, when warped in conditions of settlement, it found outlets in violence, greed, status-seeking or a mania for the new. This would explain why mobile societies such as the gypsies were egalitarian, thing-free and resistant to change; also why, to re-establish the harmony of the First State, all the great teachers – Buddha, Lao-tse, St Francis – had set the perpetual pilgrimage at the heart of their message and told their disciples, literally, to follow The Way.”

Bruce Chatwin, Anatomy of Restlessness: Selected Writings, 1969-1989

Julia Cameron on Why We Should Write #3

Julia Cameron“We should write, above all, because we are writers whether we call ourselves writers or not. The Right to Write is a birthright, a spiritual dowry that gives us the keys to the kingdom. Higher forces speak to us through writing. Call them inspiration, the Muses, Angels, God, Hunches, Intuition, Guidance, or simply a good story — whatever you call them, they connect us to something larger than ourselves that allows us to live with greater vigor and optimism.”

Julia Cameron, The Right to Write

Julia Cameron on Why We Should Write #2

Julia Cameron“We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. We should write because writing is good for the soul. We should write because writing yields a body of work, a felt path through the world we live in.”

Julia Cameron, The Right to Write