"Do you want to do this thing? Sit down and do it. Are you not writing? Keep sitting there. Does it not feel right? Keep sitting there. Think of yourself as a monk walking the path to enlightenment. Think of yourself as a high school senior wanting to be a neurosurgeon. Is it possible? Yes. Is there some shortcut? Not one I’ve found. Writing is a miserable, awful business. Stay with it. It is better than anything in the world."
— From Ann Patchett’s essay “The Getaway Car,” collected in her book This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Ann Patchett’s new essay collection is stunning. I can only put it down briefly to write this short post.
"If I’m not working, I’m not happy. That’s it. That’s the prerequisite for me for happiness."
— Donna Tartt (via mttbll)
(Source: telegraph.co.uk, via mttbll)
Of course I only know this because Tumblr sends an email with a cute little picture of a cupcake inside.