I exist only when I am writing. I am nothing when I am not writing. I am fully a stranger to myself, when I am not writing. Yet when I am writing, you cannot see me. No one can see me. You can watch a director directing, a singer singing, an actor acting, but no one can see what writing is.
—Ingeborg Bachmann in her acceptance speech for the Anton-Wildgans-Preis received in 1972. (via rimeswriting)