I finally tracked down the person to whom my favourite writing quote is attributed:
“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.”
If you agree with Gloria Steinem, chime in!
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Tagged as Gloria Steinem, Writing quote
Love it, love it, love it!
Came across this one today, for a laugh. How true it is…
Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet.
Okay, in all seriousness-ness… here is a quote that speaks to me–especially the “living out loud” bit.
If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.
I would say that, as with most creative ventures, writing a story is not unlike building a house since you usually picture the size of the mansion almost from the beginning. Then you realize you need to plan where to enter from and exit. Where the rooms are and where to store things. What colour will the walls be, what will the floor covering be, and how many pot lights does a bathroom really need? Before you know it, you’re deep, deep into decisions you never imagined before you got started. Eventually you realize that you forgot to think about the foundation plan! What? Zoning? What’s that? Permits??? Sounds like a bunch of non-fun rules to me. That can be a real downer when you are planning your dream home, a place for all your memories to be formed and collected. Like a book of stories with more than one storey, more than one door, and countless revisions before all is said and done. At some point, you want to tear it all down and start over. But, alas, you set the foundation, upon which the frame rests and, unless you start over, the rooms can only be configured in a handful of logical and reasonable ways. You have to live with it, move forward and let the masterpiece show its limits to you as it forms around you. Its organic, its filled with strife and satisfaction, and in some ways its never really ever “done-done”.
Someone said art is never really complete or done, it’s abandoned. Houses are definitely like that, you often want to abandon them just to show them who’s boss! Then you realize who the “slave” really is and that the Master is the masterpiece itself.
So… write your books, stories, diatribes, songs and scripts. But, remember, eventually the work will stand up on its own and no level of revision, tweak or edit will fool anyone into mistaking it for anything other than a house, book, painting, album, film, sculpture or carving. It will present itself without you. It will live with or without you because once created it won’t be ignored or subverted forever.
If it has a terrible foundation, then it can only really ever be so grand – no more, no less.
If no one buys it, maybe its not really for sale.
If its too personal, no one else can see themselves in it.
A burning house is as sad as a burning book – a creation destroyed, a compilation of ideas reduced to carbon black.
Sometimes you have to take it off the market to realize that you want to wait for a better time to sell it. But, at least it will be ready and waiting for a polish, and minor update to be sales-ready, you won’t have to rebuild – just repaint. Like money in the bank, but with a foundation and a roof.
It’s not going anywhere once you’ve created it and it will always be relevant, someday. They’re not making any more land any more than they’re making good stories. So if it’s good, let it go for now and move onto a new masterpiece – there’s bound to be a few waiting to be built out of your mind’s eye.
In fact, I bet they’re screaming to come to life! Don’t ignore them. Those stories need a home.
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