Thursday, April 9, 2009

From The Commonplace Book

Writing is not a profession, it is an activity. It is something you do with your hands, like knitting. - Fay Weldon
I love this quote. Other than a little sewing every once in awhile, I'm not much of a handicrafts kind of person. I do not knit, crochet, embroider, cross-stitch, or so on.

But I do write. I write on slips of paper. I write on the backs of receipts. I write on the church bulletin (Hey, I'm being candid here. Don't judge me too harshly.) I write lists of names for potential characters. I write scraps of dialogue.

I blog and I write these things not because I need anyone to read them (although that is a nice bonus) but because I must. At the same time, there's nothing special about it. I'm not a better or worse person because I write. It's just what I do. Like knitting.

And a bonus quote from the same page of my commonplace book:
A story is a letter the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
I'm not sure about this one, yet. Ask me after my first novel is printed.

3 comments:

Kelly said...

I could teach you to knit or crochet if you'd like! You could make yourself some scarves just in case spring never comes back. ;)

Anonymous said...

I think of writing as both art and craft - I like the term "wordsmith." I have always thought that if one could real well one could learn nearly anything and if one could write well one could teach nearly anything. You do well at both!

Pastor Dad

Renae said...

Oh, I love that quote! My mother-in-law is visiting and she's been knitting and knitting. It looks like fun, but then I'm reminded that I knit words together. :D

It's just not as easy to do in the car. I tried to type while on a road trip yesterday and ended feeling nauseous. Ugh!

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