Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Quote of the Day

"Gardens are not made by singing, 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade." —Rudyard Kipling

And neither are stories, articles, or books. Nor, for that matter, is anything else in life you want to create.

It can still astonish me sometimes, but I can't tell you how many nonwriters and wannabe-writers I encounter who think writing involves little more than A LOT of passive, quiet contemplation in repose. Part of that, I know, can be blamed on the often romantic depiction of writing in the media. And writing is one of those things that nearly every person with reading and/or typing skills thinks s/he'd excel at if only s/he had the time or "connections." There is no shifting the tide of perception.

I don't know about you, but I'd never get anything written all cozied up by the fire or sprawled along the water's edge. To me, writing is work. Fortunately, I do get paid for it by people who think so too.

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