Sunday, August 16, 2009

10 Great Reasons to Write

When I took the Memoir Writing class at McNeese a few months ago, this poster was displayed outside our classroom. At first glance you might think it's strictly for nonfiction writers, but look again. We can accomplish all these things in our fiction too. Here are some interesting quotes I've found to go along with the 10 great reasons above:

1)Ideas won’t keep; something must be done about them. ~Alfred North Whitehead

2)If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough ~Albert Einstein

3)Why do you laugh? Change but the name, and the story is told of yourself.
~Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

4)It’s all storytelling, you know. That’s what journalism is all about. ~Tom Brokaw

5)A reader is not supposed to be aware that someone's written the story. He's supposed to be completely immersed, submerged in the environment. ~Jack Vance

6)Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted. ~Jules Renard

7)The pen is the tongue of the mind. ~Miguel de Cervantes

8)We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection. ~Anais Nin

9)Don't say it was "delightful"; make us say "delightful" when we've read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers "Please will you do the job for me. ~C.S. Lewis

10)My purpose is to entertain myself first and other people secondly. ~John D. MacDonald


Debra Harris-Johnson said...

I have a binder just for the information about writing & books I get from your blog. It is better than any class.

I am always enlightened, encouraged and inspired by what you have to say. This is the stuff that makes a blog great!

You are such a positive, sensitive and spiritually connected person and it is reflected in what you write.

Erica Vetsch said...

I love the poster, and the list of quotes. I'm always inspired and challenged by the quotes you find. And the way you're always honing your writing skills.

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