“Three o’clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.” -Jean-Paul Sartre I used to think I needed an entire uninterrupted day in which to get any real writing done. If I had a doctor’s appointment or a meeting to attend, my focus was shot. Then I had kids, and I learned that the busiest people are the ones who get the most done. All of a sudden writing time had to be seized whenever […]
“We always worry that we are copying someone else, that we don’t have our own style. Don’t worry. Writing is a communal act. Contrary to popular belief, a writer is not Prometheus alone on a hill full of fire. We are very arrogant to think we alone have a totally original mind. We are carried on the backs of all the writers who came before us. We live in the present with all the history, ideas, and soda pop of […]
“When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.” ― Kurt Vonnegut Oh, yes. It is a blunt, grubby little crayon too. Kurt Vonnegut was the first male author I truly loved as a teenager. I’ve always identified more with what women authors have to say, but Vonnegut grabbed me and made me laugh and think and laugh some more. Right now I’m re-reading authors I admire to see how they do what […]
“The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.” ― Carlos Castaneda If you pursue any kind of creative passion seriously, you will encounter difficult times. The trick is to see the lesson in the adversity. What does it have to teach you about your art? Plenty, if you pay attention.
Steven Pressfield never fails to offer up something worth reading. I especially love this quote from his blog: “You’ve read the same articles I have in the Sunday supplements that say on your deathbed you never regret the days you didn’t go in to the office. Bullshit. That’s not my world. I do regret those days. Norman Mailer toward the end of his life was asked if he had any regrets. The interviewer expected, I imagine, an answer like, “I […]
“Writing is like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” –E.L. Doctorow That’s one of my favorite quotes about writing, because no matter how many times I see it or hear it quoted, I never cease to need the reminder. I want guarantees when I’m writing that the pages I write are part of a cohesive whole and that the destination will be worth arriving at. […]
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ~Sylvia Plath Writers are notorious self-doubters. Putting our words out into the world feels a little like running naked through a crowd. It’s a powerful act to set aside one’s fears and write boldly. What have you got to lose? Every day you don’t write is a day you […]
“We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, but others judge us by what we have already done.” –Leo Tolstoy This quote caught my attention because it’s such an interesting reminder not to allow our dreams for ourselves sidetrack us from the actual accomplishing of the dreams. It’s so easy to fritter away our lives with “Someday I’ll write that novel,” and “When I have the time I will…” Thinking about the dream and planning to someday accomplish […]