"One must be pitiless about this matter of "mood." In a sense, the writing will create the mood. ... I have forced myself to begin writing when I've been utterly exhausted, when I've felt my soul as thin as a playing card, when nothing has seemed worth enduring for another five minutes ... and somehow the activity of writing changes everything."

– Joyce Carol Oates

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“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray." - Rumi