Thursday, February 22, 2018

A reread -- and always invigorating

Loving these quotes today, all from the same source:
"Know something about the world, and by this I mean the world outside of books. This might require joining the Marines, or working on an oil rig or as a hashslinger at a truck stop in Kentucky. Know what things smell like out there. If everything you write smells like a library, then your prospective audience will be limited to those who like the smell of libraries."

"Real life duties should be preferred over real life tourism."

"Authenticity in writing will only arise from authenticity in living."

"Enjoy yourself. If you enjoy what you are living, you will enjoy writing about it. ...Writing is a form of teaching, even when it is not being didactic in some formal kind of way. And the most contagious form of teaching is when an instructor loves his material in the presence of others -- whom he also loves."

-- Wordsmithy by Douglas Wilson

Also, a big thank you to all who replied to my last post(!) and if you haven't been able to read it yet here's the link. Your input's much appreciated! ;)

~ Heidi


  1. I really like that authenticity in writing quote! Very, very good!

    1. Katherine,
      Isn't it great? :) Thanks so much for commenting!

  2. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, that sounds like a really good book :)

    1. jessica,
      I strongly recommend... no, forget that -- you NEED to read it! ;D Seriously, it's excellent.

  3. Okay, so I was wondering why these quotes sounded so familiar....then I realized I've read this book! My mom bought it as part of my brother's school curriculum. It is GOOD. :D


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