on writing

tidbits for tuesday

In preparation for National Novel Writing Month, I’ve begun collecting writing inspiration. May I share mine with you?

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”

~ Karim Seddiki

“…[here] is the way you are to feel when you are writing—happy, truthful and free, with that wonderful contented absorption of a child stringing beads in kindergarten. With complete self-trust. Because you are a human being, all you have to do is get out truthfully what is in you and it will be interesting, it will be good.”

~ Brenda Ueland, “If You Want to Write”

“…put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support-system for art. It’s the other way around.”

~ Stephen King, “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft”

“Ease in writing comes from flexibility and trust in yourself, which comes from learning to tolerate a certain amount of chaos.”

~ Karin Mack and Eric Skjei, “Overcoming Writing Blocks”

“Work hard in silence. Let success be your noise.”

~ Frank Ocean

“If you want to be a writer, write. Write and write and write. If you stop, start again. Save everything that you write. If you feel blocked, write through it until you feel your creative juices flowing again. Write. Writing is what make a writer, nothing more and nothing less.”

~Anne Rice

Happy writing!

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on writing

goodwill wins again (the public doesn’t)

Books gasp for air on the rickety wire shelves and wail, bruised and busted-up like concrete-kissed knees, on the dusty tile floor. Some sprawl scattered and violated on plastic food carts, severed from the main body of books and forced to roommate with glazed duck statues and mystery electronics.

I cannot believe the classics people have thrown away.

After a few minutes of intent, book-by-book, shelf-by-shelf scouring, I pile pepperminty-smelling, greasy texts with brutalized bindings, pristine hardcovers without dust jackets, and glossy “acceptable” paperbacks along my forearm and mentally delete at least three books from my eternal Amazon Wishlist.

Today’s finds include

–       Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

–       Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster

–       One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty

–       If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland

–       Confessions by St. Augustine

–       One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

–       Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke [… I actually found this one about two weeks ago, but it was the same Goodwill, so that counts, right?]

–       For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway [also a previous find]

–       Novelist’s Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes by Raymond Obstfeld

–       The Poems of Marianne Moore

–       Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

–       And finally… On Writing by Stephen King

 (I urge you, kind readers: give your shelves a facelift and go rescue a book or two.)

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