Ever since I started writing creatively and blogging, I’ve found that this deep-seated fear creeps into me, literally paralyzing me – preventing me from doing the things I want to do. This fear comes from a long time foe of mine that I constantly have to slay or at least suppress: PERFECTIONISM. I rediscovered a great book for creatives, Art & Fear, and found this quote today while taking a CreativeLive class, Fulfill Your Creative Purpose, by Ann Rea.
Even though I’ve been writing in a journal since I was 12 years old, I never thought of myself as a “creative” writer, and it wasn’t until 4 years ago that I decided to take myself more seriously and call myself: A WRITER.
The Quotes For a Writer page is dedicated to sharing the quotes I’ve collected since then. Hope they inspire and encourage you too!
This is the first quote that got me thinking about where my writing could come from.
…I think important cultural stories that need to be told…emerge from long-held silences, and with most cases, the storyteller has had to have spent a good deal of time mulling over the issues before breaking that silence…FOR A WRITER, as you live in this kind of silence…not knowing quite what it is that the world is not giving you, not knowing quite what it is that your work cannot address as yet, you are at the beginning of a critique of culture and society. It is the moment when powerful personal alienation slips into critical thinking – the origin of imagination.
– by Garrett Hongo, Under Western Eyes