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Quote of the Day: Leo Tolstoy

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“Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced” (Leo Tolstoy, BrainyQuote).

Hi everyone,

Today I thought I would post a quote about art and writing.  Many artists and writers claim that they become inspired to do their work and that the results comes from their feelings.  Feelings and inspirations lets the artists, writers and musicians create works of art.  However, there are creative individuals who would argue against this claim.  Octavia Butler, one of the most prominent female science-fiction writers thinks that good writing is produced by habit.   In her short story, “Furor Scribendi”, she states what she thinks is important about writing.  “First forget inspiration.  Habit is more dependable.  Habit will sustain you whether you are inspired or not.  Habit will help you finish or polish your stories.  Inspiration won’t.  Habit is persistence in practice.  Forget talent.  If you have it, fine.  Use it.  If you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter.  As habit is more dependable than inspiration, continued learning is more dependable than talent” (Butler, 141).

Do you think feeling and inspiration are important?   Is habit?  Is there another factor that is more important?  

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Butler, Octavia. Furor Scribendi. New York: Seven Stories, 1996. Print.

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Quote of the day: William Wordsworth

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“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart” (Wordsworth).

Hey guys,

Today I thought I would post a quote that connected with my article post.  I like this quote by Wordsworth because I feel many writers try to write from the heart and express their deepest emotions.  Good writing, in my opinion, is writing that can make a reader “get lost” in the words.  Writers who are able to do this usually paint a beautiful picture through their words and captivate their audience.  When I write creative pieces I try to make sure that all my heart and soul goes into what I am writing.  It may not be perfect, but it shows how I am feeling and reflects my thoughts.  Wordsworth is a master of expressing his love of nature and it is reflected in the way he shapes his poetry.  This is one of my favorite poems by Wordsworth besides, I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud.  It is captivating and I think really shows the true beauty of the outdoors.

What do you think of this quote about writing?  What is your favorite poem?

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