Thursday, September 10, 2009
FOR WRITERS ONLY...OR NOT
B.I.C. – no I’ll not talking about the lighter, although using a BIC lighter to get a fire going under a stuck writer may not be a bad idea. BIC means, Butt in Chair, this being the best position for a writer. Discipline is what it takes to continue to crank out words. My blogsite is titled: Need More Words, because that is what a writer always needs. I will qualify that; a writer needs more of the RIGHT words. Sometimes it is words for the story and sometimes it is words coming from someone who gives them wisdom or is there to cheer them on.
Today I want to give you some Words of inspiration from other writers.
“The most important thing for a young writer to learn is that writing doesn’t come easy: it’s work. There’s no point in fooling with it unless you have to—unless you have a need to do it. A publisher friend of mine says that most writers are not real writers; they are just people who “want to have written.” Real writers are those who want to write, need to write, have to write.” Robert Penn Warren
“Ask yourself in the quietest hour of your night: must I write? Dig down into yourself for a deep answer. And if this should be in the affirmative, if you may meet this solemn question with a strong and simple, I must, then build your life according to this necessity.” Rainer Maria Rilke
“The moment comes when a character does or says something you hadn’t thought about. At this moment he’s alive and you leave it to him.” Graham Greene (I love this one)
“Writing is simply the writer and the reader on opposite ends of a pencil; they should be as close together as that.” Jay R. Gould
“Hitch your unconscious mind to your writing arm.” Dorothea Brande
“The discipline of the writer is to learn to be still and listen to what his subject has to tell him.” Rachel Carson
“Get black on white.” Guy de Maupassant
“If you wish to be a writer, write.” Epictetus
I will end with that quote.
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