Tuesday, July 21, 2009

On writing

Of course, these apply to blogging as well...

Write in the kitchen, lock yourself up in the bathroom. Write on the bus or the welfare line, on the job or during meals. ---Gloria Anzaldua [don't blog from work - not a good idea! (exception being corporate blogs)]

Writing is a political instrument. --- James Baldwin

Writing keeps me from believing everything I read. ---- Gloria Steinem

Your audience is one single reader. I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person—a real person you know, or an imagined person and write to that one. ---- John Steinbeck

If we had to say what writing is, we would have to define it essentially as an act of courage.
--- Cynthia Ozick

I read about writers who have routines. They write at certain times of the day. I can’t do that. I am always writing—but in my head. ---- Jamaica Kincaid

If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. ---- Toni Morrison


  1. Great post...I'm trying to start a book, and those helped. I write in my head too : )

  2. Thx for the inspiration. I'm one to write in my head as well. It's when I try to get that writing on paper or across the screen that issues begin.

  3. Anonymous10:52 AM

    Just read the posts,("on writing")
    in a bit I will leave my desk,
    and I am hoping that the soft sweet melody of encouragement that the words have become will continue to play in my head for sometime.I am attempting my first piece and suddenly after the first page I am stuck, everything goes when I attempt the thoughts to words transition,I become overwhelmed by the task.I am wondering if this will do it.


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