Some of these are seriously stunning.
Literature has been our salvation, literature has inspired and guided lovers, routed despair and can perhaps in this case save the world.
John Cheever (via bookchatt)
(Source: booklover, via simplybookdrunk)
Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood, David Gilbert, Roxane Gay, and other writers share their thoughts on what makes an inviting and memorable opening sentence.
First lines are great, but last lines are better.
I always hope people will like me, and I’m always afraid they will think I’m a fraud. I try harder than perhaps I should to make people like me, then it backfires. They think I’m a buffoon.
I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, I speak like a child.
Hey Tumblr! So my friend Nick and I started a short story blog! We’re going to post a new story every Monday, taking turns between us. You should check it out and subscribe! :)
These stories are all true, but only somewhere else.
The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
So wear your heart on your sleeve and if it bleeds, let it, so long as it still beats.
Society at large may not recognize it, but every morning when you go to your writing desks you’re up against not the Yankees but the literary tradition, two thousand years of great works to admire, learn from, compete against, and, hopefully, expand. It’s no small task you’ve set yourself. Don’t let anybody tell you different.