Sunday, June 26, 2011

from the BRG archives: inspiration

Some quotes that keep me working, or help me to look at my work in a new way:

"When you write don't think, listen." -Madeleine L'Engle

"Nobody ever gets what they want and that is beautiful. Everyone dies frustrated and sad and that is beautiful." -They Might Be Giants
(This one I stole from Linda, she sent it to me several years ago and it hangs on the bulletin board next to my desk)

"I was tracking something very slippery, very elusive, and had to use every sense I had to stay on the trail - other people were distracting. Later, I discovered what I was hunting was my own spirit." - Ana Forrest

What are some of yours?

Originally published October 17, 2006


Jean Wogaman said...

"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

posse said...

"The deepest secret in our heart of hearts is that we are writing because we love the world." -Natalie Goldberg

Naomi Canale said...

I've missed over 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot . . . and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. - Michael Jordan

Laura Canon said...

"I can't go on, I'll go on." (Beckett)
Also the quote variously attributed to Emerson and Eleanor Roosevelt, "You must always do the thing you are afraid to do."
Though usually instead of doing it I fall into a funk and wish Eleanor Roosevelt had never been born and I didn't have to listen to her.

Deirdra A. Eden said...

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Anna Alter said...
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Anna Alter said...

Great quotes everyone, and thanks for the award Deirdra. Always happy to do an interview if you'd like to post one.