Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring Visited

There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen and writes. ~William Makepeace Thackeray

Yesterday was gorgeous, and I spent as much time as I could outside (which, considering how packed my schedule was, wasn't THAT much -- oh well). The snow is receding off the lawn like a balding man (I remember watching the comedian, Gallagher once when he said his hair was slipping down his head ... and that one day he expected to wake up and find it in the middle of his back). We still have quite a bit of snow, especially where the sun doesn't hit or where it was plowed, but I can also see quite a bit of smooshed, gray-green lawn. :-)

I get a weekly tip from Holly Lisle in my inbox on Friday mornings, and today she wants us to ask ourselves WHY WE WRITE. The email is much longer than this little bit I'm going to post (and if you click through to her site, you can sign up for her weekly email, too), but it was interesting. So, for all you writers out there:

You want to write. So far, so good.

Somewhere inside you, you WANT, you DESIRE, you YEARN---
you have a huge, compelling, driving NEED to do this thing
that is NOT an easy, simple, or straightforward thing.

You have this mountain you must climb.

And you need to know WHY.

So ask yourself:

"What do I hope to get out of my writing?"

Answer this question just for yourself, alone, as nakedly, honestly, bluntly, warts-and-all humanly as you can, because lying to yourself is the pure path to misery and to never getting what you want out of your life, and to never being WHO you want to be.

This is not an easy question, but knowing the answer is a gift only you can give yourself.

You don't need to tell me why in the comments -- this is a pretty private thing, but I think it's a good, valid question.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


You Are Bamboo

You are a very independent and unpredictable person. You do things your way, and you never know what turn your life will take.

You are very intellectual and logical. You try to think things through carefully, in steps.
Sometimes it seems like you are unemotional, but you try to have your emotions work for you instead of against you.

Those who know you best know who loyal, compassionate, and supportive you are. You are a very admirable person.

That's actually pretty darn close to correct. :::shivers:::



Dru said...

Wasn't it gorgeous yesterday. A good day for a walk. Today the weatherperson said the temp will be in the 70s. I'm loving Spring.

re quiz: I'm a bamboo and it is 95% accurate. Life is an adventure.

Have a great Friday.

Angelina Rain said...

It was nice here all week too. I love it, spring is finally here.

That’s a great question about writing. I do it because I love it. There are so many stories in my head that are begging to be told, that I just couldn’t refuse telling the story. If I wasn’t publishing, I would still be writing, it just wouldn’t be read by as many people.

Brandy said...

Glad to hear you finally have some good weather! I hope it stays around.
It's nice here today, too. I may plot out our garden today.

You Are an Origami Crane
You are creative and good with your hands. You are more of an artist than you know.
You may not be politically conservative, but your behavior is conservative. You don't like to rock the boat.
You are truly caring. You're helpful and giving - eager to be a true friend.
You are intelligent and skilled, but you're also modest. You don't like to boast or brag.

Hmm, about 90% correct, I guess.

I hope you have a sunny and lovely day!

Melissa McClone said...

All we have here is rain. I can't wait to see the sun again!