Alone, without reference to his neighbors, without any inference, the artist can fashion a beautiful thing; and if he does not do it for his own pleasure, he is not an artist at all.

Oscar Wilde.

Lately, I have been locked down in my writing, trying to edit as I go along, and not enjoying the creative process. I think the above, from a writer whose words still echo in literature, is good advice to a wordsmith or a painter.

9 comments

  1. Mary Ricksen // May 29, 2010 at 10:25 PM  

    Write what you love huh?
    Great quote!

  2. Autumn Jordon // May 29, 2010 at 11:21 PM  

    Excellent quote. A good one to remember.

  3. Scarlet Pumpernickel // May 29, 2010 at 11:40 PM  

    Linda, let the words of the master be the lantern to light the way through the darkness! Write your stories the way you hear them in your heart! You are the best.

  4. Judy // May 30, 2010 at 9:42 AM  

    Great post, Linda! I sometimes think too much about the business side of writing and then words come flying out of my mind and I remember, oh, yeah, this is what it's all about... Good luck with your writing!!

  5. Pamela Varnado // May 30, 2010 at 11:13 AM  

    Linda, I'm also struggling with the writing process at the moment. But as long as we don't quit, we'll write our way through the darkness. Just remember the passion the drove you along this path.

  6. Joanne // May 31, 2010 at 9:24 AM  

    Lovely quote. Thanks for sharing, Linda.

  7. Patrice // May 31, 2010 at 11:47 AM  

    Very nice. Love Scarlet's comments also. Although, writing it the way you hear it in your heart, does not always generate sales!! My agent wants MORE changes to my Hero story. Hope third time is the golden key.

  8. Mary Marvella // May 31, 2010 at 7:00 PM  

    So true. Sometimes working to please other writers and a possible audience of editors and agents, or the allusive "the reader" can steal my joy in writing.

  9. Joanne // June 3, 2010 at 11:23 PM  

    True words, Linda. Thanks for sharing.