Writing has long been an isolated profession, tormenting its scribes with solitude and sorrow. Many of the world’s greatest works have been born from despair and loneliness. While this method of madness works for some, I find inspiration from splendor and companionship to call forth the written word.
From time to time, though, I find myself in the throes of despair and loneliness, too. And, on these days when I feel particularly alone and down-trodden, inspirational quotes help lift me up. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. “To write well is to think well, to feel well, and to render well; it is to possess at once intellect, soul, and taste.”
~ George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon
2. "Becoming the reader is the essence of becoming a writer."
~ John O'Hara
~ John O'Hara
3. “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”
4. “That’s the dividing line between writers and would-be writers. A writer will put up with the pain, the anxiety, and all the crap to get what they want, which is their development as an artist.”
~ Janet Fitch
5. “We never know how much has been missing from our lives until a true writer comes along.”
~ Alfred Kazin
6. “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”
7. “If you cannot be the poet, be the poem.”
When you can’t find the muse within, look for it in the most unexpected of places.
Where do you find your inspiration for the written word?