Writer Wisdom Sunday

Every Sunday until December and unless I have a guest, I will share words of wisdom from writers on writing. Enjoy!

I’m relearning how to spit out the words and not care about self editing in the first draft. I’m relearning the joy of actually telling a story instead of fretting over sentence structure and description and pacing all before I even have the entire thing on paper once.

author/blogger Loralee Hall

Everyone’s different. Don’t accept a process or technique just because someone tells you that you should, or because you think there’s one “right” way to be a writer.
Experiment, try different methods, but remember: Don’t try to be someone else. Just be you. Because after all, you’re the only you there is.

– Rachelle Gardner, literary agent

“Writing makes a person very vulnerable. It opens you to public criticism, to ridicule, to rejection. But it also opens conversation and thought. It stirs minds, and touches hearts. It brings us into contact with our souls. So how can it possibly be a waste of time, an idle act, a mistake, a betrayal of truth? Who can possibly tell us not to do it?”

~Joan Chittister, Order of Saint Benedict

What sick mixed messages this ambivalence about material success sends to creators. They are constantly told they are fools for being artists, doing work for the love. Then they are told they are fools for doing art for money. They are fools for not managing money well. Then they are told that artists are constitutionally incapable of handling money because they are foolish artists.

They are scorned for seeking out people they can trust to help them with that money, especially if they get robbed later. Robbed of money they should never have had in the first place, for if they were real artists, they wouldn’t have money. (…)

Creators are deified for dying broke and demonized for being successful.

Their worth as people and as artists has absolutely nothing to do with their money.

– Colleen Doran

To be an artist is to be brave. To be an artist is to have an idea or two and to pursue those ideas and to not be frightened by the possibility that people will think you’re an idiot. God knows that Picasso, Joyce, Beckett, Murdoch, Oates, Burroughs, Coatzee, Eliot, Lawrence, Naipul, Woolf, Faulkner, Porter, Stein, et alia have all been subject to ridicule but produced what they produced despite the criticism. So be brave, that’s all. Look inside for your inspiration, not at the bookshelves. Be brave and mighty enough to be yourself.

– author and blogger Scott G.F.Bailey at Literary Lab

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