WRITERLY ENCOURAGEMENT

From Virginia Woolf's "Modern Fiction" ✍🏼️💖
  1. "Any deductions that we may draw from the comparison of two fictions so immeasurably far apart are futile save indeed as they flood us with a view of the infinite possibilities of the art and remind us that there is no limit to the horizon,
  2. and that nothing- no 'method', no experiment, even of the wildest- is forbidden, but only falsity and pretense.
  3. 'The proper stuff of fiction' does not exist; everything is the proper stuff of fiction, every feeling, every thought; every quality of brain and spirit is drawn upon; no perception comes amiss.
  4. And if we can imagine the art of fiction come alive and standing in our midst,
  5. she would undoubtedly bid us break her and bully her, as well as honour and love her, for so her youth is renewed and her sovereignty assured."