“If I do not write to empty my mind, I go mad.” ~
“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” ~
“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.” ~
“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” ~ Cyril Connolly
“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ” ~
“I know it’s difficult in the beginning. But, listen. If you have the impulse to write, do yourself a favor, do the world a favor, and write.” ~
Think of /Think about
This tricky pair is more nuanced. One choice suggests a specific choice and the other suggests pon- dering over something for a while.
He was thinking of a number between one and ten. (specific choice)
He was thinking about going to law school. (pondering)
Here is my trick to remember which is which for this pair: Of is short, like making a quick decision. About is longer, like pondering options.
In / Into
The key difference between ‘in’ and ‘into’ is that ‘in’ indicates a state of being, whereas ‘into’ indicates motion. For example, ‘into’ is often used to describe the movement of something from outdoors to indoors, such as in the sentence, “I walked into the house.” By contrast, ‘in’ is used when a thing or person is stationary. For example, “I found the book in the drawer.”
ExamplesJack drove his car into the garage.My friend lives in that house.The teacher came quickly into the room and began the lesson.The dishes are in that cupboard.