The Prompter Room

For Tuesday, October 27, 2015:

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”

Samuel Johnson

And I would add that when not reading or writing, the next greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in observation.  I’m just back from taking my partner to the emergency room, and, in the hours we were there, I found myself — as always in such a situation — observing the activity, sounds and smells, the nurses, the doctors, the patients, the ambulance crews, and filing away as much as possible in my memory banks.  There’s no telling when I’ll use any of this information, but it’s there now.  That’s a library right there.

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