“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
“A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”
– Carl Sagan
“I like you; your eyes are full of language.”
– Anne Sexton
“Traveling; It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
– Ibn Battuta
We are all storytellers to some extent, are we not? Writers in particular breathe life into imaginary worlds and paint pages with new lands within which others can escape from reality. Filmmakers too, are storytellers. Painters, sculptors, composers, musicians…all storytellers. But there are no stories quite as richly textured and searing and honest and beautifully landscaped as those those of the traveler…and while every writer has undoubtedly traversed a thousand plains within his own imagination, I feel it indispensable to have physically experienced as many nooks and crannies of this earth as possible.
Does this describe any of you?
Just for some shamelessly nerdy fun, rate yourself on a scale of one to ten: one meaning you shudder just imagining the taste of literature, of words, of grammar twists and plot turns; ten meaning you literally cannot shove the words down fast enough, that your appetite roars for an incessant stream of fiction and articles and poetry, that you’ve possible even considered addiction counselling to release yourself from the constant desire to read and write.
Perhaps you’re a two, you hate reading and you’ll be clicking out of this internet window as swiftly as possible. Or, perhaps you’re a five, you like a dose of bedtime reading every now and again. A seven maybe…you could spend at least an hour among the shelves of a bookstore.
“I fell in love with books. Some people find beauty in music, some in painting, some in landscape, but I find it in words. By beauty, I mean the feeling you have suddenly glimpsed another world, or looked into a portal that reveals a kind of magic or romance out of which the world has been constructed, a feeling there is something more than the mundane, and a reason for our plodding.”
– Donald Miller (To Own a Dragon: Reflections on Growing Up Without a Father)
According to Midnight in Paris‘s interpretation of Ernest Hemingway:
“No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.”
“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”
How many does it take before you find your Prince?
If we chase our dreams long enough, they get tired of running.
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