I stopped writing, and I stopped my film major, in large part because I stopped believing my voice is one that is desired or meaningful or important whatsoever to be heard. Because of, essentially, “what’s the point?”
The absence has made me a much worse person than even the person I was when I first came to those conclusions.
“All writing problems are psychological problems. Blocks usually stem from the fear of being judged. If you imagine the world listening, you’ll never write a line. That’s why privacy is so important. You should write first drafts as if they will never be shown to anyone.”—― Erica Jong (via psych-quotes)
“Let all of life be an unfettered howl. Like the crowd greeting the gladiator. Don’t stop to think, don’t interrupt the scream, exhale, release life’s rapture.”—Vladimir Nabokov (via introspectivepoet)
“There are people who get worked up at you sitting chill. I mean that is an actual thing. They see you sitting quietly and they start inventing in their heads all these reasons why. You’re sad. You’re mad. You’re upset but not mad. You’re mad but sad and so upset. Something is wrong. And they immediately start digging into you. Like, your sitting there minding your own business is to them this offensive thing. These people actually exist. And if you’re not careful they’ll make you think that you are mad or sad or that something is wrong with you. They’re people who are uncomfortable with silence, with the idea that there shouldn’t be some kind of banal noise in the air. The fear of whatever drives these people. The fear of nothing happening which to them is a lack of control. So they instantly pounce on anyone who isn’t banal. These are real people and they’re everywhere.”—(via howitzerliterarysociety)