Wednesday, December 1, 2010


"I think "art" is a verdict.  I think we should be playing."

Jeffrey Overstreet

Listen to the whole presentation here.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


"A great work embodies a transcendence that stitches together the invisible and visible worlds.  The old dualisms of body and spirit, and all their permutations, are undone in incarnational art."

Stephen T. Berg

Monday, November 1, 2010


"It is all very well, when the pen flows, but then there are the dark days when imagination deserts one, and it is an effort to put anything down on paper. That little you have achieved stares at you at the end of the day, and you know the next morning you will have to scrape it down and start again."

Elizabeth Aston

Monday, October 25, 2010


"It doesn't matter if people are interested. It's about you taking your stuff and shouting out into the void."

Jadelr and Cristina Cordova

Friday, October 15, 2010


"So the writer who breeds
more words than he needs
is making a chore
for the reader who reads."

Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Writing is self confidence and self doubt in simultaneous equal measure.

- Bonnie Grove

Saturday, August 14, 2010


"Talent is long patience, and originality an effort of will and intense observation."  Flaubert

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


"Make music, he wrote, string your thoughts like water beads on kite thread, and let the line in your hands shiver in winds you are unafraid to call mysteries."

Murray Pura, in "The Poets of Windhover Marsh"

Sunday, August 8, 2010

So I've been thinking ...

"I can't NOT write," people say, and I think  - really?  I can.  I can knit and read and play computer games until small coloured balls dance behind my eyes as I'm trying to go to sleep ...and then there's cooking and cleaning and laundry and visiting my mother and Being a Listening Ear - I could go for DAYS without writing. Weeks, even.

And yet I said that very thing to someone this morning - "I can't not write."

And now I feel a need to clarify.  I CAN not write - I just can't ignore the writing for too many days without wanting to break things or tease the dog or steal candy from babies.  Not writing makes me cranky, even when I don't recognize the connection between the two.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


‎"The book comes and says, 'Write me.' My job is to try to serve it to the best of my ability..."

~ Madeleine L'Engle

you had to know I'd write about myself at some point

I've been away, steeped in someone else's sorrow, trying to be the hands and feet (and rusty van) of Jesus where I can.  It's a slow surfacing.  I feel like a wounded athlete, trying to work with the novel after last week.  I write in faltering fits and starts, erase, rewrite, two steps forward, one step back.  When the protagonist aches for respite, I commiserate, but still ...

I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

As Carolyn Arends said, at a concert once:  As long as there's breath in my body, God has a job for me to do.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


"As for discipline — it's important, but sort of overrated. The more important virtue for a writer, I believe, is self-forgiveness. Because your writing will always disappoint you. Your laziness will always disappoint you. [...] Continuing to write after that heartache of disappointment doesn't take only discipline, but also self-forgiveness."

- Elizabeth Gilbert

Friday, July 16, 2010


Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him to the public.'

Winston Churchill

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


"The dog opened one eye, cocked it at me, and rolled it up before her lids closed.  People should not feed moralistic animals.  If they're so holy, where are their books?"

The Writing Life, Annie Dillard

Monday, July 12, 2010


"We write to record the journey into the labyrinth."

                                                         - Anais Nin

(hat tip darien-the-commenter, who is writing her own book at the moment.  This was a much longer quote, but I have nugget-ized it.  There will be many more nuggets.)

Friday, July 9, 2010


"Don't get it right, get it written."

Millions of people apparently - ask your search engine.  Pretty sure it's safe to say it's public domain by now.  I find this extremely hard to do, because what if I die of a heart attack before it's polished and someone SEES it?
Yeah, I know.


"You can't edit a blank page."  Murray Pura

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Buckle up, it's a long one.

"Now words are your medium, and effective use of them your profession; but your unconscious self (which is your wishful part) will not care whether the words you use are written down or talked to the world at large.  If you are for the moment fortunate enough to have a responsive audience you often suffer for it later. You will have created your story and reaped your reward in approval or shocked disapproval; in either case you will have hit your mark.  Afterward you will find yourself disinclined to go on with the laborious process of writing that story at full length; unconsciously you will consider it done, a twice-told tale."

From Becoming A Writer, by Dorothea Brande

Monday, July 5, 2010


"Writing words you hate is how to write books. Later, you turn them into words you love."  Kay Hennis Day

Friday, July 2, 2010


"I would please like the record to reflect today that I showed up for my part of the job."  Elizabeth Gilbert, from her TED talk on genius.

So I got me this writing space and all ...

And a cool bulletin board and everything but really, I need to have novel-related flotsam and jetsam pinned up there, not cool things people have said about writing.

So that's what this is.

Cool things people have said about writing Post #1 coming right up.