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Quoth the writer, evermore.
It’s an obvious distortion of an oft-quoted line from Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “The Raven.” But Edgar is no longer with us. It’s doubtful he would mind. “The Raven” was once required reading in school. It begins with Poe’s version of “It was a dark and stormy night.” Poe began, “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten love…”
Writers have been writing about writing since writers started pondering about perhaps someday maybe writing.
Consider these examples. Despite the era in which they were written, they stand as true and inspiring as the day they were penned. Evermore.
“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.” ~Richard Wright, American Hunger, 1977
WHAT MAKES A GOOD AUTHOR?
“What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.” ~Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia,” Afterthoughts, 1931
“It is not my sentence that I polish, but my thought. I pause until the drop of light that I need is formed and falls from my pen.” ~Joseph Joubert (1754–1824), translated from French by George H. Calvert, 1866
HOW DOES A WRITER DEAL WITH REJECTION OR LACKLUSTER SALES?
WHERE DOES A WRITER FIND INSPIRATION?
“Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don’t get it you will none the less get something that looks remarkably like it.” ~Jack London, “Getting Into Print,” 1905
“It seems to me that the problem with diaries, and the reason that most of them are so boring, is that every day we vacillate between examining our hangnails and speculating on cosmic order.” ~Ann Beattie, Picturing Will, 1989
HOW DOES A WRITER FACE DEADLINES?
“There’s only one person who needs a glass of water oftener than a small child tucked in for the night, and that’s a writer sitting down to write.” ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966
What quote about writing inspires you to be a better writer? Or inspires you to value the writing you’re producing?