Sometimes emotional pain can prevent you from accomplishing anything, but sometimes, emotional pain can be the driving force for your greatest accomplishments.

All we have to do is look at Edgar Allen Poe to see what that means.


  1. Nightingale // October 22, 2008 at 11:19 PM  

    Wonderful quote and "driving force" thought, Mary. I feel that way many times. Every writer when that rejection letter hits home...then the next day you use that pain in a totally different scenario.

    Tonight I went to a barn and enjoyed HORSES--my previous passion.

  2. Mary Ricksen // October 23, 2008 at 11:51 AM  

    Exactly! When you're out there pretend I'm riding with you. I will!

  3. Scarlet Pumpernickel // October 23, 2008 at 10:27 PM  

    Mary, your quote hits the nail right on the head! Rejection puts me in a deep gray funk! I have to force myself to use it as motivation to prove myself!

  4. Mary Marvella // October 25, 2008 at 3:22 PM  

    How astute, but Poe always was and is? Some of my best writing came after the death of my daddy. I can't write about Mama but I used some of the emotion I feel when I thing about her to write scenes that need emotion.