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.