Tuesday, December 02, 2008

On Writing


"There are three reasons for becoming a writer: the first is that you need the money; the second that you have something to say that you think the world should know; the third is that you can't think what to do with the long winter evenings."
~Quentin Crisp

4 comments:

sarah p said...

This is why I don't consider myself a real writer. I've heard someone else say it too - writers do it for the money. I've never considered the renumeration aspect, perhaps because I was warned constantly as a child that writers don't make money and so I'd have to get a proper job. (Actually, before my child was born, writing was my paid job!) Also, I don't have anything I think the world should know. At least not that I would write a book about (maybe a post or two, lol!) I write to capture moments, images, dreams, not ideas or information.

But mainly, for me, writing is a biological imperative, plain and simple. It has no reason. It has no excuse. It lives, and I am its avatar.

Bobbi said...

What a great quote! I wish I could make money writing, but I write because it's in my soul - if I don't get the words out, my head will explode!

The Muse said...

I am entirely in agreement with Bobbi...!

Love your imagery :)

Sacred Suzie said...

When I think of winter poetry, I often think of Robert Frost. And it's true. Nothing inspires poetry more than snowy isolation.

My family had Friday movie nights too! It's the best way to relax from the crazy week.