Thursday, February 3, 2011
On Love and the Love of Writing
In the cold days of February when you are craving warmth, what could be a better source of comfort than love? A touch, a caress that lets you know you are alive and matter. So let’s honor the quest for love this month.
As writers we must be crazy in love with the craft. How else would you describe someone who for years sends out manuscripts only to be constantly rejected? Talk about unrequited love? Writers live and breathe it. Could that be why so many famous literary figures have crashed and burned in their lives? Think of Poe and Fitzgerald. Writing can drive a person mad. Yet still we persist. We have an insatiable desire to put pen to paper – or these days fingers to keyboards. Some may even be writing by voice to computers.
In celebrating the love of writing, I am going to leave you with some quotes by writers who had their love returned and celebrated consistently in print. May your love of writing be celebrated as well!
Authors and lovers always suffer some infatuation, from which only absence can set them free. Samuel Johnson
When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read. Hilaire Belloc
Life can't ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer's lover until death - fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, and constant. Edna Ferber
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous. Robert Benchley
True love is the only heart disease that is best left to "run on"--the only affection of the heart for which there is no help, and none desired. Mark Twain's Notebook
Now continue to read on about love throughout the month by clicking on to blog chain posted below!