Saturday, March 6, 2010

Quotes of the day

The glaucous Euphorbias are in full bloom, opening their lime-coloured and honey-scented flowers to the bees and the sun.

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music the words make.

- Truman Capote, McCall's, November 1967 -

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.

- Vladimir Nabokov -

For some days, I've been feeling overwhelmed by the writing course I'm taking. The required textbooks teach different aspects of the creative process, and introduce techniques and tools necessary for telling good stories. I've waded through lessons in creating coherent structures, rendering convincing characters and crafting effective dialogue. And looking at all this clear, sophisticated, inspirational advice makes my heart sink: I'm almost paralysed by all things that I should consider before and while writing. "The chief enemy of creativity is good sense", said Pablo Picasso, who probably never let good advice come between him and his artwork. I feel tempted to agree with him, just to save my face from myself.


Ruben said...

Om Du tänker så, då borde många av oss inte skriva en enda bokstav! Du är bäst!!! /Ruben

The Intercontinental Gardener said...

Och Ruben, nu får du veckans kram, så här virtuellt; ha en härlig helg!

nilla|utanpunkt said...

Se där, kanske en till som funderar på prosa... ser fram emot att få höra mer om det!
Ha en trevlig helg.

Megan Seagren said...

In that intimidating stack of books, have you read Jon Franklin's chapter called "The Nature of Art and Artists?" He describes the difficult process of learning the art of writing, including the issues you describe. Although, Liisa, I think that you have already mastered most of it. IMHO you could just do the reading and exercises and then not think about them too much when you write. Just write. You kept the whole class spellbound with your story about an esoteric lily plant. You've definitely got something going, girl!