Write Every Single Day – Vol. 27

 

“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ~Ray Bradbury

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Stephen King has said there’s two things you must do if you wish to write, “read a lot and write a lot”, as we slip into spring and summer after a long (very long) winter don’t forget to take a book with you as you bask outside in the glorious sunshine and when you stop to smell the roses as they bloom (just don’t inhale a bee!) maybe pen a line or two about where they transport you to.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and that you enjoy this Words volume on writing! Keep writing, and to lightly mangle a Lewis Carroll quote, just start writing and write till you get to the end. ~Jennie & Christy

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” ~Louis L’Amour

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I write only because
There is a voice within me
That will not be still
~Sylvia Plath

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“The words were on their way, and when they arrived, she would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like the rain.” ~Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

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“I asked him once, “Why do you insist on remaining a writer? With your intelligence, with your culture, you could be successful at so many things. Writing may not be a normal activity for you.”

He happened to agree. “You are absolutely right,” he said. “I am not a natural writer. There are even times when I detest this torture. I achieve so little of my aims.”

His aims, needless to say, were immense. They were exactly at the center of the problem. “All right, ” I said, “why not do something else?”

“Never.” he said.

“Never? Tell me why.”

“The only time I know the truth is when it reveals itself at the point of my pen.”

~Norman Mailer

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Pencil Carving, Key Ring by   Cerkahegyzo

Pencil Carving, Key Ring by Cerkahegyzo

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“The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it.” ~Margaret Atwood, from The Blind Assassin

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“It is only when you open your veins and bleed onto the page a little that you establish contact with your reader. If you do not believe in the characters or the story you are doing at that moment with all your mind, strength, and will, if you don’t feel joy and excitement while writing it, then you’re wasting good white paper, even if it sells, because there are other ways in which a writer can bring in the rent money besides writing bad or phony stories.” ~Paul Gallico

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“One night a friend lent me a book of short stories by Franz Kafka. I went back to the pension where I was staying and began to read The Metamorphosis. The first line almost knocked me off the bed. I was so surprised. The first line reads, “As Gregor Samsa awoke that morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. . . .” When I read the line I thought to myself that I didn’t know anyone was allowed to write things like that. If I had known, I would have started writing a long time ago. So I immediately started writing short stories.” ~Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

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“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” ~George Orwell

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“If there is a book you want to read but isn’t written yet, write it.” ~Shel SilversteinRoger Was a Razor Fish, and Other Poems

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“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” ~Madeleine L’Engle

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“A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.” ~Stephen King

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“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” ~Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

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Writing
often it is the only
thing
between you and
impossibility.
no drink,
no woman’s love,
no wealth
can
match it.
nothing can save
you
except
writing.
it keeps the walls
from
failing.
the hordes from
closing in.
it blasts the
darkness.
writing is the
ultimate
psychiatrist,
the kindliest
god of all the
gods.
writing stalks
death.
it knows no
quit.
and writing
laughs
at itself,
at pain.
it is the last
expectation,
the last
explanation.
that’s
what it
is.

~Charles Bukowski

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“All poets adore explosions, thunderstorms, tornadoes, conflagrations, ruins, scenes of spectacular carnage. The poetic imagination is not at all a desirable quality in a statesman.” ~W.H. Auden

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“Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.” ~Robert A. Heinlein

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great writers are indecent people
they live unfairly
saving the best part for paper.

good human beings save the world
so that bastards like me can keep creating art,
become immortal.
if you read this after I am dead
it means I made it.

~Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last

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“I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.” ~Sylvia Plath

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“A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.” ~Joyce Meyer

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“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” ~Albert Camus

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“When you read and understand a poem, comprehending its rich and formal meanings, then you master chaos a little.” ~Stephen Spender

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“Ransack the language as he might, words failed him. He wanted another landscape, and another tongue.” ~Virginia Woolf, Orlando

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“Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have different effects.” ~Blaise Pascal

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“You can make anything by writing.” ~C.S. Lewis

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“The word experience is like a shrapnel shell, and bursts into a thousand meanings.” ~George Santayana

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“I have become intrigued with the combining of seemingly unrelated ideas or images, or the drawing upon the many, sometimes dissimilar, meanings a word might have.” ~John Barton

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“Now between the meanings of words and their sounds there is ordinarily no discoverable relation except one of accident; and it is therefore miraculous, to the mystic, when words which make sense can also make a uniform objective structure of accents and rhymes.” ~John Crowe Ransom

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“Hear the meaning within the word” ~Shakespeare

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“A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art of using words well. And their words make the souls of their readers stronger, brighter, deeper.” ~Ursula K. Le Guin

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Be careful of words,
even the miraculous ones.
For the miraculous we do our best,
sometimes they swarm like insects
and leave not a sting but a kiss.
They can be as good as fingers.
They can be as trusty as the rock
you stick your bottom on.
But they can be both daisies and bruises.
Yet I am in love with words.
They are doves falling out of the ceiling.
They are six holy oranges sitting in my lap.
They are the trees, the legs of summer,
and the sun, its passionate face.
Yet often they fail me.
I have so much I want to say,
so many stories, images, proverbs, etc.
But the words aren’t good enough,
the wrong ones kiss me.
Sometimes I fly like an eagle
but with the wings of a wren.
But I try to take care
and be gentle to them.”

~ Anne Sexton

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“Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.” ~Alice Walker

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“I like to write when I feel spiteful. It is like having a good sneeze.” ~D.H. Lawrence

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“We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.” ~Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

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This week’s Writing-Themed playlist includes selections from Eminem, Paul Simon, Tom T. Hall, and more…

 

 

 

20 comments

  1. Yup…this is what I need to hear. Haven’t been writing (other than blog) in a over a week and it’s kicking me from the inside out. It’s funny how these things manifest when we need to hear the message. And this is pretty loud and clear. Someone just quoted something on my blog from one of my fave writing books, Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott. And someone else quoted something from Stephen King’s book On Writing. I get it, Universe! 🙂

    The Atwood quote was great. It reminds me that I have to write for myself. When I start thinking about others, then I am constraining myself and then lose my voice. I have to admit having done that at times in my blog. But in the end it’s our own voice that brings us to where we need to go.

    Thanks again for this…good kick in the seat of the pants for me.

    Cheers and happy writing everyone.
    Paul

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    1. I haven’t been doing much writing at all, not even on my blog. I hate when life gets in the way of my writing time. I’ve got napkins and scraps of paper (including receipts as I had a few lines pop into my head on the way out of the grocery store lol) scattered all over my desk waiting to be puzzled together into full pieces. I can’t stand that kicking feeling when you haven’t sat down and written in a while, I actually get pretty cranky if it goes on too long! 😉

      And a very big “yes!” to the reminder in that Atwood quote, if I don’t write like no one’s ever going to read it no one’s going to want to read it. I was always told I should write for the audience I’m trying to reach but in doing that there was no heart in my words. I still do it occasionally of course, it’s only been since starting to blog these last few years that I realized how wrong that “write for the audience” advice was for me and being newish to writing my “heart” I have that “what will people think?” thought in my head that I have to kill all the time. I have a folder that I put the pieces I have those feelings about in, the file is titled “Ready for the first day of Kindergarten”. Slightly silly I know, but it reminds me I was brave enough to believe my kids were capable of surviving in the world without my hovering over them and protecting them 24/7, I can’t be less brave with my writing.

      Happy writing to you too Paul! Hope you’re having a great weekend! ~Jennie

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  2. I haven’t read The Book Thief, but I watched it the day it was released on Fios (which I never do). Three times. I was teaching an 8th grade poetry unit at the time and it was so full of great examples to use as warm-ups. I need to get the book.

    I’ve had a stack of books by my bed for the past four weeks while recovering from an injury. Several of your examples are writers in that stack.

    And, oh, Peter Mulvey. This song has been vying for a spot on my Life in 6 Songs list. To get it is to get me. If you ask me, his Letters From A Flying Machine is epic, almost literally. Happy weekend!

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    1. Truth be told, I haven’t read the Book Thief either, I need to. The Peter Mulvey song I love, it makes me laugh (I’ve been accused of talking too much lol). I saw you had “The Trouble with Poets” in one of your posts, which of course made me like you even more than I already did! Honestly I can’t believe he’s not more mainstream, he’s excellent.

      I hope your recovery is going well, being laid up for weeks is no fun at all – though a stack of books helps a bit. Happy weekend to you too! ~Jennie

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      1. I’m not usually one to recommend movies, but since we have such similar tastes otherwise, if you haven’t already seen the movie (The Book Thief), I do recommend it for lovers of language and storytelling.

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  3. OMG…YES! Of course, Bukowski was my favorite (even before I knew those words were his).
    I’m going to come back to this over and over and over again..after I write a little bit more (and get that durned bee out of my nose!)
    xo girls! FABULOUS!

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    1. Ha! I wrote the bit about smelling the roses and couldn’t stop myself from adding the bee bit! 😉

      Buk, I fell into him rather recently, just the last few years really, I kind of avoided him prior to that for rather stupid reasons. Which now I could smack myself for being so stubborn because- oh my god, he’s brilliant and almost beats my love of cummings. Almost.

      I need to get writing too, so much to do and no time to write is a horrible thing (unless I give up sleeping and that’s probably a bad idea 😉 )! XO

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      1. Do NOT give up any more sleep! This comes from someone who thinks that 6 hours/night is perfect, but continually ends up with 5 or less because of “one more thing!”
        xo

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  4. […] and for those of you that don’t follow Words for the Weekend, Jennie put together a fabulous volume on all things writing. It’s worth checking out; she really did an awesome job. See you all in a couple of days. […]

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  5. mishedup · ·

    Love everything about this, but especially the Mailer today…..
    “The only time I know the truth is when it reveals itself at the point of my pen”.
    YES!
    I have a new book of prompts that came in the mail today…642 Things To Write About…..specific ideas that I am looking forward to playing with.
    But the truth…only when I write about me, from my heart. And sometimes for a while without publishing, tho my dashboard is getting crowded.
    LOVED the “names” pic….so cool to see my name on there among so many others I love and admire. I have no idea how you did that but thank you!

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    1. I’m glad you loved the “names” pic! It’s actually easy to make them, there’s an app for that lol http://www.tagxedo.com/app.html

      I never thought of getting a book of prompts! That sounds like a great thing to have, especially on those days when my brain is just as blank as the page! That Mailer quote, it may well be my favorite in this Words Vol. Christy sent it to me earlier in the week and I fell in love with it. Writing truth is hard, maybe not to write it always but, it is hard to let it go to the world. I’ve still got things in drafts that haven’t been allowed out yet as well.

      Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, Mished and I’m so glad you enjoyed this volume! 🙂 ~Jennie

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  6. All of us struggling alcoholics have turned into struggling writers? OMG, do we love misery or what. I loved the quote by Margaret Atwood, I find myself to often halted from my writing because I’m worried if someone else will like it or even get it.

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    1. I do the same thing Kary, with comments especially.
      Writing and drinking (or not) seem to go hand in hand.
      Hope you’ve been doing well. Miss you!

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  7. Marvellous theme. What gems you have found. Really wonderful to hear Gabo’s tribute to Kafka, as we mourn him. Thank you. x

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this one Liz. Jennie did an outstanding job curating. Hope you’ve been doing well–come see me on RoS late Wednesday or after. Special post coming up. 🙂

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  8. Wonderful! It can never do any harm to talk a little about writing. How would you define a writer though? Is it anyone who writes stuff? (I would like to believe that, so that I can call myself a writer 😉 )

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    1. Of course you’re a writer! And a damn fine one too!

      If one writes, one is a writer. Simple as that. Never doubt yourself in that regard. ❤

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      1. Wow, thanks 😀 Secretly that was exactly what I was aiming for of course 😉

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  9. “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
    ― Pablo Picasso

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    1. Reminds me of something my grandfather would say, “the harder I work, the luckier I get.” xo

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