“Writers are a courageous lot”

I came across a passage written by Anthony J.W. Benson  that I like to share with my fellow readers.  It talks about writers and their struggles.

“Writers are a courageous lot. Often embattled by confusion, distraction and persistent dissatisfaction, they fight through pain, sweat and tears, as well as the unforgiving blinding glare of the blank page, to bring their thoughts forth.  As the internal war rages, they are capable of great victories, and great defeats. Yet, in the face of creative adversity those who choose to break free and follow the beacon of truth, emotion and passion have the indefensible power to emancipate themselves, and thus the reader, with their bravery and well-chosen words—a  singular, yet shared, freedom of being truly beholden to no one, and nothing, except their soul that calls to them.”

Did his words speak to you, move you as a writer?



Remembering and Missing Loved Ones


Thinking of my dad and both granddads today.  They’re not here physically but I can still feel them in my heart.   I’m so grateful for what they’ve done!

Have a safe and quiet day.


The Power and the Freedom Of Words



“A picture can tell a thousand words,
but a few words can change it’s story.”
-Sebastyne Young


“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
-Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind)


“Use the right word and not its second cousin.”-Mark Twain


“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between the lightning and the lightning bug.” Mark Twain


“All the great things are simple,power-of-the-pen
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”
– Winston Churchill


“Every human has four endowments self-awareness, conscience,
independent will and creative imagination.
These give us the ultimate human freedom…the power to choose,  to respond, to change.”
– Stephen Covey


“Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some under-culture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.” -Don Delillo



How many writers (from both present and past) can you think of whose writings have impacted civilization as a whole?  How many of these writers wrote as free men/women, or under some form of confinement?   Writers who use their words wisely can change hearts, minds, even the world!

As writers, let us live and write with conviction and with purpose.

Happy 4th!