fiction

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

Stephen King, Doctor Sleep

Writing controlled fiction is called “plotting.” Buckling your seatbelt and letting the story take over, however… that is called “storytelling.” Storytelling is as natural as breathing; plotting is the literary version of artificial respiration.

Stephen King, Salem’s Lot

The essential and defining characteristic of childhood is not the effortless merging of dream and reality, but only alienation. There are no words for childhood’s dark turns and exhalations. A wise child recognizes it and submits to the necessary consequences. A child who counts the cost is a child no longer.

Stephen King, Salem’s Lot

…there were those who might have suggested that reality is a highly untrustworthy concept, something perhaps no more solid than a piece of canvas stretched over an interlacing of cables like the strands of a spiderweb.

Stephen King, It

I cannot stand this any longer. I don’t know where I’m going. I suspect that I am not going anywhere at all, just away

Veronica Roth, Divergent

Maybe. Maybe there’s more we all could have done, but we just have to let the guilt remind us to do better next time.

Veronica Roth, Divergent

We have each other memorized.

Veronica Roth, Divergent

I feel like there is a bubble in my chest that expands more by the second, threatening to break me apart from the inside.

Veronica Roth, Divergent

We can’t survive alone, but even if we could, we wouldn’t want to. There’ll be no purpose and no reason to live.

Veronica Roth, Divergent

If we have little, and we want for little, and we are all equal, we envy no one.

Veronica Roth, Divergent

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