“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower… Continue reading Let Nothing Go Down the Drain
“Why do you stay in prisonwhen the door is so wide open? Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.Live in silence.” Jalal ad-Din Rumi I just handed in my first packet of work for this semester, so I feel I have been away from my blog for a long time.I’ve done a lot of writing the… Continue reading Why I’ll continue to journal
This article suggests the key to writing success is quantity over quality? What do you think? Lovingly,The Writing Nag
It is impossible to discourage the real writers – they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write. ~Sinclair Lewis I can get pretty down on myself when I’m depressed about my lack of progress as a writer, when I find work I’ve written 3 years ago that was ready to send… Continue reading Can You Be Discouraged?
“1. A thousand words a day–or two hours of revision–five days a week for the rest of your life”. Carolyn See It’s time to come clean, I love writing craft books I have a lot of them…so many that at least fifty are boxed up in the cellar because I don’t have room in my… Continue reading Pretending You’re A Writer
“There never was such a goose. Bob said he didn’t believe there ever was such a goose cooked. Its tenderness and flavor, size and cheapness were the themes of universal admiration. Eded out by apple-sauce and mashed potatoes, it was a sufficient dinner for the whole family; indeed, as Mrs. Cratchit said with great delight… Continue reading Steeped in Sage and Onion
The poet is in the end probably more afraid of the dogmatist who wants to extract the message from the poem and throw the poem away than he is of the sentimentalist who says, “Oh, just let me enjoy the poem.” ~Robert Penn Warren, “The Themes of Robert Frost,” Hopwood Lecture, 1947 I think I’ve… Continue reading Just let me enjoy the poem…
Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things. ~Robert Frost Before I went on my mini-vacation I was writing but the poetry button seemed to be stuck. I was writing, editing, revising and submitting but as Robert Frost says it was tough…I was stuck in an interval. The… Continue reading Do You Just Need A Vacation?
When I read it, I don’t wince, which is all I ever ask for a book I write. I knew that there was one thing I wanted to be and that was a writer. Culture’s worth huge, huge risks. Without culture we’re all totalitarian beasts. Norman Mailer Three weeks before Norman Mailer died at 84… Continue reading Norman Mailer quotes In Memorium
We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are. Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing, which is one reason why they write so little.Anne Lamott I am a huge fan of Anne Lamott. If you are a beginning writer and haven’t read her work I urge you to… Continue reading Why do sheep lice write so little?