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)0(Elemental Muse)0(: “‘The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.’
~Ana?s Nin

‘Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.’
~E.L. Doctorow

‘It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop.’
~Vita Sackville-West

‘Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.’
~William Wordsworth

‘The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.’
~Vladimir Nabakov

‘A metaphor is like a simile.’
~Author Unknown

‘I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.’
~James Michener

‘A writer and nothing else: a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right.’
~John K. Hutchens, New York Herald Tribune, 10 September 1961

‘It seems to me that the problem with diaries, and the reason that most of them are so boring, is that every day we vacillate between examining our hangnails and speculating on cosmic order.’
~Ann Beattie, Picturing Will, 1989

‘What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he’s staring out of the window.’
~Burton Rascoe

‘Loafing is the most productive part of a writer’s life.’
~James Norman Hall

‘Life can’t ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer’s lover until deat”

Sometimes my Brain Amazes Me

Writing isn’t enough, you have to have a mad, passionate affair with words and then be brazen enough to get paid for it.

That is a description I wrote for the WordCraft newsletter. Not something I spent time planning and rethinking and checking and pondering in general. Just spur of the moment. But, aren’t those flashes of inspiration the best! Bryan Adams once said all his best songs were written in a few minutes. The ones he sweated over and took ages to perfect didn’t become big hits. It’s so true!

PS- I love you Bryan! Vicariously and from a distance but you get the idea… 😉

The Fanac Fan History Project


Creating an archive of sci fi fan fiction and art history.

This site is devoted to the preservation and distribution of information about science fiction and science fiction fandom. Here you might find your favorite fanzine, pictures of Walt Willis in Ireland or Harlan Ellison at the 1955 Worldcon. You can also find the words to an early filk song, information about an SF con near you AND all sorts of strange and wonderful information about fandom’s past. And the present, too, because that’s tomorrow’s past.