I read this on Clare’s Tumblr this morning and it was too good not to share—
“July 20, 1969
David Gascoyne once told me that the only point of keeping a journal was to concentrate on the personal, the diurnal minutiae, and forget the great and significant events in the world at large. The newspapers cover all that, anyway, he said. We don’t want to know that “Hitler invaded Poland”— we’re more curious about what you had for breakfast. Unless you happened to be there, of course, when Hitler invaded Poland and your breakfast was interrupted.
William Boyd, Any Human Heart”
And while I am on the topic of writing, Hemmingway’s advice for fighting writer’s block is timeless—
“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”