Posted by: ritagone | March 22, 2017

On Writing

 

 

         I love to quote others – especially good writers – because I am so aware of how much more articulate they are when writing about life than I am. So every once in a while (maybe too often!) I find these great quotes from writers, statements which impress me no end, and I want to share them with you readers because I think and hope they will impress you too.

I have never been a huge William Faulkner fan, but this quote really stirred me:

“I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honour and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past.” (1949)

Truly, a great piece of writing, whether it is a novel or a short story or even an article of some sort, stirs your heart in the way Faulkner describes here and does make you want to be a better person. I totally agree. Where would we be without the writers we love to read?

Again, Ernest Hemingway, whose life was anything but exemplary, said it so well in 1954:

“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.”

All my life I have been fascinated not only with reading but with the process of writing, how it happens, why, and who is capable of it. In my dreams and fantasies, I write the great American novel.

That was years ago, decades.

Now, my hope is to be able to read the great novels that were written by others. I have committed to reading — for the first time in my life – “War and Peace.” My “to read” table in my office has a stack of books that grows taller and taller with each passing month. If I had enough time to read every book there, I would need to live to be 102!!

So the reading part is there, but so is the writing piece of me. I love writing these blogs because they give me a chance to say something in smaller, more manageable increments. I know now that the great novel is beyond my scope, and that’s actually fine. So I practice my writing skills on 1,000 words or less in my blog each week, and I love it. And I hope you enjoy them too.

Find your creative outlet, whether it’s writing or painting (my friend Connie Schuh just beams when she talks about her paintings, and I love to see that in her) or baking or whatever. If it’s not writing or painting or baking or music, explore everything until you discover what it is.

Maybe that could be your creative challenge for 2017.

And then maybe you could even write a bit about it too!!!

 

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  1. Rita, you are absolutely correct about certain authors who’s writing is like poetry in their ability to “turn a phrase.” In fact, often my devotions and prayers are helped and lifted when I read someone like John Eldredge who states a truth or a feeling I have pondered so well that I stop and thank Jesus for the enhanced understanding or I ask the Spirit to entrench the thought into my heart and actions.
    I have a huge appreciation for writing as I know how hard it is to get it right.

  2. I hope you decide to read my book. My blog posts are its chapters… My draft zero.

    Best regards! I like your text.


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