Tag Archives: quotes

Following the Applause

Having children makes you think about the things, people, and events that formed you into the person you have become. I’ve always wanted to be an artist. It’s just something that I’ve coveted. But the only “encouragement” I got was from a college professor that was obviously more interested in my body (at the time) than my ability. So I turned back to what I’d received accolades – writing.

I’m “friends” (the quotes indicate “facebook” or “twitter” rather than real life) with a number of artists. For them, it is all about practice. Anyone can be an artist, they say, with practice. As a father, I think it is more than that. It is a little encouragement at the right time. Continue reading Following the Applause

Guilt and Writing

There are a number of quotes that writers love to site that are along the lines of “writers must write.” Here’s one:

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write if he is ultimately to be at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.” –Abraham Maslow.

I find these to be some of the most destructive quotes and thoughts that any writer can have. If you want to give up, to quit, take quotes like these to heart. If you want to write, to finish, to publish, you must put these thoughts aside and have a more reasonable view on the craft of writing.

Continue reading Guilt and Writing