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5 for Friday: 4 Favorite Quotes and a Story

Categories: MFA Confidential Blog.


As I wrap up my time as MFA Confidential, I wanted to focus
on my most favorite writing quotes for this installment of 5 for Friday. These
are the good ones, those ones you tape on your mirror or desk, or scrawl on a slip
of paper and place in front of you as you work. I’ve also included a “story” by
Brian Andreas. I posted it once before, way back in September. It remains one
of my favorite quotes/stories about writing and life. Find more of Brian
Andreas’ inspiring stories and drawings here. Happy Friday, All! I’ll see you
next week for my final few posts.

 “You
must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

~Ray
Bradbury

*

And by
the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to
do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is
self-doubt. 

~Sylvia
Plath

*

“If we
had to say what writing is, we would define it essentially as an act of
courage.”

-Cynthia
Ozick

*

“Write
in recollection and amazement for yourself.”

-Jack
Kerouac

*

And a
story by artist and storyteller Brian Andreas:

 

Nothing
More

“Often, I write all day long with white
ink

 on white paper, late into the night, until it

 is all I can do to feel the letters curving to

earth from the tip of the pen &
then, I fall

asleep. Dreaming of running, or maybe

 driving in a car the color of water & I
wake

 the next day remembering nothing & I

gather the stack of paper & a pen of
black

 on the desk in front of me & the words

 begin to dance over the page like long

 legged insects across a still lake & the

words in white whisper behind &

 underneath the new day. If there is any

secret to this life I live, this is it:
the sound

of what cannot be seen sings within

everything that can. & there is
nothing

 more to it than that.”

-Brian Andreas

 

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5 Responses to 5 for Friday: 4 Favorite Quotes and a Story

  1. Kate says:

    Wow! Thanks all for your comments and best wishes! I’m sad to pass the MFA baton on, but it’s time. I’m hoping to continue to blog… hopefully you’ll all visit me there! Best writing luck to all of you, too.

  2. I love them all! Especially the passage from Brian Andreas.

  3. Mark James says:

    Kate,

    Just wanted to stop by and wish you well as you continue on your journey.

  4. Beautiful! I really like Ray Bradbury’s quote. :)

    And I agree wholeheartedly with Zachary’s comment!!!

  5. Zachary Grimm says:

    Kate,

    In case I forget next week, I just wanted to thank you for all your posts since I’ve been a follower of yours. I’ve loved and used many of your quotes, and I very much appreciate these as well. You’ve done a fantastic job with your program, and really HAVE made a positive difference in my writing life. So, THANKS SO MUCH!!

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