I love books and their characters and their writing. And I love to read about books and their characters and their writing.
So I adored this piece by Andrew Solomon in the New Yorker about advice to young writers.
The part that resonated with me was this:
Remember that writing things down makes them real; that it is nearly impossible to hate anyone whose story you know; and, most of all, that even in our post-postmodern era, writing has a moral purpose.
Everyone has a story and sometimes it’s nice to escape into someone else’s world for a while.
Which brings us to this beautiful quote from Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke that Solomon cited:
If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor or unimportant place.