A quick post, late in the day. Actually, it’s already evening here. Been a busy writer-mom today, juggling lots of duties. Been an exciting day, too, with many good things in the works.
I’m spending a lot of time at my desk right now. This is good. It means I’m working. It means I’m writing. Strewn about me as I type are pencils and papers and stacked up notebooks and an empty box of Frango double chocolates and two plastic army men belonging to my kiddo.
Above my desk is a small whiteboard, which I’ve filled with my favorite quotes, as well as some bits and baubles* from over the years. Here’s a pic:
I love quotes about writing. These quotes in particular. In case you can’t read my tiny scribbles, here they are again.
“If the writer’s not surprised, the reader’s not surprised.” – Bret Anthony Johnston
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” – William Wordsworth
“I am entitled to tell this particular story in a way no one else can.” – Amy Hempel
“Caress the detail, the divine detail.” – Vladimir Nabokov
“Slow down where it hurts.” – Steve Almond
“The writer is the one who stays in the room.” – Ron Carlson
I read through these quotes often as I write. They act like reflective stiles along the edge of a curving road. They keep me from driving off the cliff.
Do you have favorite writing quotes that keep you on track? I’d love to hear them. In the meantime, I need to get back to work.
* Just so it’s clear: the “Amy rocks” magnets are not me being conceited, but rather an award from a friend given to me years ago after I accepted a bizarre dare.