Writing can seem mystical — especially to those who don’t do it for a living. How did Herman Melville think up something as brilliant as Moby Dick? How did Harper Lee come up with such a poetic story line that has touched countless generations?
We’ll never know the answers to these questions, but perhaps that’s why they’re so fun to think about. Truly good writing seems to come from a subconscious place. As much as we can try to force “good writing,” sometimes we just have to throw our hands in the air and say — there’s really no rhyme or reason to it.
Here are some of our favorite quotes on writing that speak to its enchanting nature: