Saturday, July 11, 2009

Weekend Wisdom

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Lifted from Susan Albert's interesting blog about writing and life:

Practice is essential. If you’re going to learn to write, it has to be your practice. I’ve been fascinated with the job of learning to write, which is unending. And I enjoy writing. Dealing with the problems it presents gives me pleasure. Sometimes there’s frustration, but if I get frustrated or hit an impasse, I just stop and go back to it later. I don’t like to hear writers talk about how they suffer for their craft. If it’s that bad, they ought to quit.

~Wendell Berry


  1. I love learning about it. It can get tricky for me at times, and there is always frustration, but nothing worthwhile comes easy. And I agree, if they're moaning about how hard it is, maybe they should be doing something else.

  2. Loved the quote. Thanks for posting it. And I agree with the last line. The writing should not make us suffer, but sometimes the business side of publishing definitely makes me want to run screaming from my office.

  3. Love this. Writing is so darn hard I can't imagine doing it if you don't love it.

  4. I love Wendell Berry's poetry - the quote about writing is priceless. Thank you!

    Romance Can Be Murder!

  5. If you love what you do, you'll never work another day in your life. So true. Writing is a passion, a drug of choice (along with caffeine) that a writer must satisfy. Writing should't be a burden, rather, a blessing that releases your gift for the world to read.

    Steve Tremp

  6. Very true. If you hate what you do, why are you doing it? Seriously.


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