“Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall, let us trace the pattern, however disconnected and incoherent in appearance, which each sight or incident scores upon the consciousness.”

Woolf, Virginia. “Modern Fiction.” In The Common Reader, 150. San Diego, CA: Harcourt, 1925.


Alluding to her description of life as “an incessant shower of innumerable atoms” earlier on the page, Woolf seems to be giving advice here not only for writing fiction, but also for reading it, while she conscripts the reader to her literary camp with her use of the word “us.”