This is, by far, my favorite quote about writing.
The first time I read it years ago, it stopped me in my tracks. Such a simple request, so hard to actually do. Chekhov’s words haunted me; so much that I wrote them on a sticky and put it up on the wall above my desk in my old apartment to be inspired by every day. And even though it’s no longer hanging up where I could see it daily, it’s a quote that is embedded into my very core.
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining;
show me the glint of light on broken glass.”