Mumblings And Musings

My name is Bethany, I'm 17 and I'm from England.

"The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink" -

T. S. Eliot

Anonymous asked: Are we all born with the ability to become great writers, or do you believe that a great writer only lives within the lives of those who are unique? In other words, is writing a talent?

I think good writing is definitely a talent. However, what is good writing to me is different to what is good writing to others and the same the other way round. I guess writing, for me anyway, is something that you just feel you need to do. If that’s the case, just do it, and remember - if you want to get better you have to keep working it at it.

Anonymous asked: Is there a way to talk to you ? Would you talk to a complete stranger who just like your blog and can't stop thinking about it.

I try to get back to everyone so please feel free to contact me :)

Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.

—Tennessee Williams

The body shuts down when it has too much to bear; goes its own way quietly inside, waiting for a better time, leaving you numb and half alive.

—Jeanette Winterson

My college has asked me to continue with all five of my a-levels (English literature, English language, Philosophy, Maths and Critical thinking) as well as an EPQ. My original plan was to drop maths and carry on the others in A2 but I am really struggling to make this decision.

Despite getting an A in maths at AS I really hate the subject and have no confidence that I could come out with an A at the end of the year. Also, carrying on with maths leaves me with even less time and so could really affect my other a level grades. However, this is not the biggest reason why I am struggling to make this decision. I am one of the most stressed out people you will ever find on this planet and I feel as though this amount of work would literally cause me to have a nervous break down.

With that said, taking all of my subjects gives me a better chance of getting into Cambridge. Also I’m a really firm believer in hard work, challenging yourself and stretching your mental capacity. I know I have so so so so much potential and I can’t keep letting my problems rule my life and put me into a box.

I guess what I keep coming back to is that there is nothing - no qualification, no university, no amount of academic success - that is more important than your mental health.

Your advice would be really helpful.

Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

—Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.

—Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

When they asked me what I wanted to be I said I didn’t know.
“Oh, sure you know,” the photographer said.
“She wants,” said Jay Cee wittily, “to be everything.

—Sylvia Plath

If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

—E. B. White

I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.

—Edna St. Vincent Millay

I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that that mended whole again was as good as new. What is broken is broken - and I’d rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived.

—Margaret Mitchell

Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to it. I want to become acutely aware of all I’ve taken for granted.

—Sylvia Plath

But it’s the truth even if it didn’t happen.

—Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest