"Ideas are like rabbits"

Monday, 12 September 2016

Today is a hot and bright Monday when Fall should be creeping in but instead Summer is stretching her wings over us. Today, I'm thinking about late bloomers, slow starters, about the seasons coming when they please, and about my own slow process of writing, editing, trusting my stories, myself, and the surroundings which I thought were one thing - Fall, but in fact are another - Summer.

Why am I inside the apartment missing out on the sun, trying to put words down, make up stories, record memories and make something for others out of fragments from myself? Other writers struggle too (it's a cliche), but all professions have inherent struggles and most of us question our jobs, our choices, our ambitions at some point. Then we either quit and try something new or we put our heads down and sweat it out until the frustrations pass.

Today, I'd like to give you some humorous, truthful, and memorable quotes from writers who were considered successful, inspirational, even brilliant. Even those at the top of their game struggled.

  • “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” John Steinbeck
  • “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Ernest Hemingway
  • “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” Anais Nin
  • “Writing is the flip side of sex - it's good only when it's over.” Hunter S. Thompson
  • “You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” Jack London
  • “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” W. Somerset Maugham

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Marcus Speh
Marcus Speh says:

Hi Elena, good to hear Hamburg's having an Indian summer, too! I LOVE inspirational quotes... But we're standing on the shoulders of giants, all of us, so why not be mindful of it! That whole "ideas are like rabbits" thing is dangerous too: the more ideas I have the less likely am I to sit down and work them into a plot...it's SO much more exciting to be excited by yet another idea! Aaaaanyway, Monday turned into Tuesday and the world's a writer's oyster - good luck with the crowdfunding!

September 13, 2016

Elena Kaufman
Elena Kaufman says:

hi Marcus, how's your balance working out on those giant shoulders? I love that image. I know what you mean about the ideas getting in the way of the writing. Harold Pinter (and probably many other writers) wrote them down on scraps of paper and threw them into a box for later. When he was looking for a new play idea he'd look in the box and if he got excited by the idea he picked up he'd write it out. If he didn't remember what it meant then the idea had lost its energy and he threw it out. Isn't that great? In any case, finishing a project has more power in it than we want to believe, especially with those exciting new ideas knocking at the door - what pressure! Let's feed those hungry rabbits but then get on with the older donkey ideas. Hope you're doing great in Berlin!

October 09, 2016

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