Who says the muse lives in a bottle of booze? Unless the muse is a tequila worm?
Boozing does not necessarily have to
go hand in hand with being a writer,
as seemed to be the concept in America.
I therefore solemnly declare
to all young men trying to become writers
that they do not actually have to
become drunkards first.
Nelson, W. Aldrich, Republican Senator 1881 to 1911
Whether you are in the public library or surrounded by book-lined shelves in your own home, there is something comfortably cave-like to be found.
“The walls of books around him,
dense with the past,
formed a kind of insulation
against the present world
and its disasters”
Ross MacDonald, author of the Lew Aurthur detective series
I would add to the quote below that ANY hour spent in bed with a book is a win. Especially on cold winter days like today.
“Only one hour in the normal day
is more pleasurable
than the one hour spent in bed
with a book before going to sleep,
and that is the hour spent in bed
with a book after being
called in the morning.”
Rose MacCauley, Author of Abbots Verney (published 1906)
I usually need to find a great first line and first paragraph before moving on with my story, but it’s not unusual for me to find out later that the first paragraph wasn’t the beginning after all. It seems great minds agree.
The last thing that we find in making a book is to know what we must put first.
Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher (19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662)