“Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom—poets, visionaries—realists of a larger reality.”
— Ursula K. Le Guin
"First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice."
-Octavia E. Butler
sometimes I think its best to be an amateur on doing things, rather than a professional because the passion and excitement allows things to relate to one another. Whereas a professional is focused and dedicated towards a particular angle.
it is troubling how many people expect applause, recognition, when they have not even begun to learn an art or a craft. Instant success is the order of the day ... I wonder whether this is not part of our corruption by machines. Machines do things very quickly and outside the natural rhythm of life ... So the few things that we still do, such as cooking, knitting, gardening, anything at all that cannot be hurried, have a very particular value.
"Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work."