Wednesday, February 20, 2013

To Be a Writer...

“Write what you are afraid will be sentimental, boring, melodramatic, pornographic, derivative, trite, vulgar, indulgent, sick, and/or stupid. There are a hundred reasons not to write what you most want to. F*** that. Write it anyway.”
-Bonnie Friedman, author of Writing Past Dark

As of lately, I've been having trouble writing exactly what I'm thinking and feeling, even in my own private journal. Then I came across this short passage from Writing Past Dark {via Ev'yan}. This statement has resonated in my head since then like a triumphant echo, hitting so perfectly close to home, and making me eager to read the whole book. Like any sign from the universe, it couldn't have come at a more fit time.  Clearly, this book needs to be in my collection soon. Noted.


  1. Lord knows I needed to see this quote because I feel the same way.

  2. I love this quote! It's very inspiring, I think more than anything I've been having trouble writing fictionally, but thanks for the insight madam, it was needed :)

    Btw, I love Ev'yan <3

  3. Yup. I know what you mean. Excuse the expression, but it's like being constipated. You know it's there but you can't get it out. Sometimes when I feel like that, I'll simply write about what it feels like to not be able to write. It's frustrating but sometimes it helps things to get flowing. And then other times you have to just walk away and maybe explore a bit. Something will eventually trigger the release.


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