Writers’ Wisdom

I love this quote, like, a lot. It just is so true for me, too. Writing, for me, is cathartic and exploratory, and I find that I pepper my personal stories with little bits of my personality, parts I only let a handful of people truly see.

Joss, I loved you for “Avengers” and all your Marvel work, but now I love you even more for this quote.

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Photo from bkbn.net

“I write to give myself strength.
I write to be the characters that I am not.
I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. “

Joss Whedon

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“When I finish writing each day, to give myself a boost,
I stop in the middle of a sentence. I heard Hemingway did that.
When you sit down the next day,
you begin immediately able to produce something,
without that terrible vacuum.
It gives you a sense of momentum.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

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“A person is a fool to become a writer.
His only compensation is absolute freedom.
He has no master except his own soul,
and that, I am sure, is why he does it.”

Roald Dahl

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“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader.
Not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.
”

E.L. Doctorow

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“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong,
a homesickness, a lovesickness.”

Robert Frost 

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Writers’ Wisdom

I’m still enveloped and affected by the world of Anais Nin since I finished the second volume of her diary yesterday. While parts of it didn’t resonate as much, most of it was sheer beauty, brilliance and bountifully eyeopening for me in regard to my own life and writing.

I can’t stop thinking about her friends, her generosity and sometimes “too much” unselfishness and her word craft, of course. I want to know more about her friends, I want to read their writings and see how she influenced them.

I plan to start with Henry Miller, who played a huge role in Anais’ life and will take along his “Tropic of Cancer” when I go to Ireland next week. I remember my mother talking about how much the book affected her when she read surreptitiously read it while in high school and know all about its banning, etc., so I’m looking forward to diving in.

With that being said, it seems only fitting that Mr. Miller give us this week’s Writers’ Wisdom.

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“Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful
souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.”

Henry Miller

I’m also quite fond of this one, too:

“Write first and always.
Painting, music, friends, cinema, all these come afterwards.”

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“Writers see the world differently. Every voice we hear, every face we see, every  hand we touch could become story fabric.”
Buffy Andrews

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