"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."

Happy Birthday, Virginia Woolf! Born this very day, 1882.

What do you all think of this, Ms Woolf's most famous statement?

I had written two books already before I ever had a room of my own for writing. But I always managed to find a quiet corner somewhere, and I always felt I had my own money — even when I was a diner waitress, and it wasn't much. (Childhood lessons in frugality helped. Thanks to my upbringing, what I never had was debt, even when I was living on a shoestring, and I think that mattered. I think that made me feel free.)

What I always longed for most, though, was TIME — precious hours, undisturbed, in which to think and write at length…and that great luxury came only very recently to my life. I don't think many women in history have gotten enough creative time…

What about you? All of you who create? What do you long for? What do you think you need? What can you live without? What stops you up, and what brings you forth?


via Elizabeth Gilbert’s Facebook Wall