Re: Writing Inspiration

Subject: Re: Writing Inspiration
From: Richard Lewis <tech44writer -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Lauren <lt34 -at- csus -dot- edu>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2007 15:48:06 -0700 (PDT)

Lauren <lt34 -at- csus -dot- edu> wrote:

I came across a web page with quotes about writing. Perhaps this should be
a Friday post, but I won't remember this on Friday, so I'm posting today.
We're all writers, so it is sometimes good to find inspiration.

From that web site, Richard Lewis extracted:

The Joy of Writing
The truth is that writing is the profound pleasure and being read the superficial. - Virginia Woolf, from A Writer's Diary Richard Lewis responds: Our goal is user utility. The only reward I look forward to is seeing the finished piece of writing in hand. - Erskine Caldwell Richard Lewis responds: As a TW, one really needs to enjoy the process of writing. The finished piece is often not so glamorous. As a writer you are free. You are about the freest person that ever was. Your freedom is what you have bought with your solitude, your loneliness. - Ursula K. Le Guin Richard Lewis responds: Most TW's in IT departments may not exactly feel like a "free bird". And, if you are alone and in solitude, it has definetly been my experience you are not interfacing with SME's nearly enough to be successful. Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn't wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say.
- Sharon O'Brien Richard Lewis responds: This one I can agree with Success is a finished book, a stack of pages each of which is filled with words. If you reach that point, you have won a victory over yourself no less impressive than sailing single-handed around the world. - Tom Clancy Richard Lewis responds: Successful TWing minimalizes words. If I lose the light of the sun, I will write by candlelight, moonlight, no light. If I lose paper and ink, I will write in blood on forgotten walls. I will write always. I will capture nights all over the world and bring them to you. - Henry Rollins Richard Lewis responds: I only write in ergonomically correct settings. If I blow my nose too hard, it bleeds. I will capture obscure functionality throughout the system for you. To me the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the music the words make. - Truman Capote Richard Lewis responds: I create artifacts. A writer lives,
at best, in a state of astonishment. Beneath any feeling he has of the good or evil of the world lies a deeper one of wonder at it all. - William Sansom Richard Lewis responds: Well, I can definetly agree about often being astonished and in wonder. Especially about how the software was designed. It's true that writing is a solitary occupation, but you would be surprised at how much companionship a group of imaginary characters can offer once you get to know them. - Anne Tyler Richard Lewis responds: When I tell the developers about my imaginary friends, they make fun of me. I would not suggest that you follow Anne's advice.

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