Les Standiford (via writingquotes)
I mean, there are no “rules” about writing, but I think this is a good example of one of those things that is hard to pull off if you’re not a pretty seasoned writer, and a trap that a lot of young people fall into, in cases where it’d probably be more beneficial to their story if they followed the above advice. Know what I’m sayinnn?(via yeahwriters)
If I put a gun to someone’s head, say, a 30-year-old healthy male, pull the trigger, and kill him, assuming an average life expectancy of, say, 84, you can argue that possibly 54 years of life [were] stolen from that person in a direct act of violence.
However, if a person is born into poverty in the midst of an abundant society where it is statistically proven that it would hurt no one to facilitate meeting the basic needs of that person and yet they die at the age of 30 due to heart disease, which has been found to statistically relate to those who endure the stress and effects of low socioeconomic status, is that death, the removal of those 54 years once again, an act of violence?
And the answer is ‘Yes, it is.’
You see, our legal system has conditioned us to think that violence is a direct behavioral act. The truth is that violence is a process, not an act, and it can take many forms.
You cannot separate any outcome from the system by which it is oriented."
- Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (via larmoyante)