"Home is where the books are."
— Richard Burton (via followthewrittenword)
"Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort."
— Jane Austen, Emma (via litverve)
~I think when a reader reads a whole book - which takes six to ten hours - that’s kind of a gift to the author. The gift of close, undivided attention. To who else do we listen so closely for eight straight hours? And when readers give that gift to me, I’m grateful for it..
~A piece of writing has to seduce the reader, it has to suspend disbelief and earn the reader’s trust.
— Po Bronson (via amandaonwriting)
"A character who is familiar and unsurprising seems comfortable, believable — but not particularly interesting. A character who is unfamiliar and strange is at once attractive and repulsive, making the reader a little curious and a little afraid. We may be drawn into the story, curious to learn more, yet we will also feel a tingle of suspense, that tension that comes from the earliest stages of fear, the uncertainty of not knowing what this person will do, not knowing if we’re in danger or not."
— Orson Scott Card, Characters and Viewpoint (via shannahmcgill)
(Source: the-right-writing, via booklover)
"It was pleasant to take a hot drink up to her room and have it beside her as she sat in her silent room reading in the empty house in the afternoons. The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village."
— Roald Dahl (via flikka)