Why is a writer like a raven desk? I don’t have an answer to that–sorry. Yet, when I think of quotes about writing, this (flipped version of a) line from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is one of the first to pop into my mind, which is peculiar as it has nothing to do with writing itself.
Hmm . . . curioser and curioser.
I’ve been insistent on not going a single week without a blog post, and amazingly, I’ve been doing well! For this particular week, however, I don’t have anything specific scheduled, and I’m not feeling overly inspired to write something up. So instead, I’ve dusted off four quotes about writing from writers, made them pretty with Canva, and posted them as mid-summer inspiration.
One thing I realize with these quotes is that there is no one clear thing that “makes” a writer a writer, save one: the actual act of writing (something I’ll touch on in next week’s blog post.) Otherwise, the individual motivation for why we put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, is as various as the experiences that inspires us and the skills that shape how we tell those stories. There is no single formula for being a writer. Or if there is, it make as much categorical sense as the question posed to Alice by the Mad Hatter, and the answer is subjectively personal.
Whatever it is that makes you the writer you are, whatever inputs feed into your output, the key is the output. So, type away, my dears. Type away. And be free to believe in as many impossible things before breakfast as you can. Just be sure to write them down.