For Friday, June 9, 2017:
It is remarkable, the character of the pleasure we derive from the best books … There is some awe mixed with the joy of our surprise, when this poet, who lived in some past world, two or three hundred years ago, says that which lies close to my own soul, that which I also had wellnigh thought and said.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, ‘The American Scholar,’ ESSAYS AND LECTURES
For Monday, January 25, 2016:
“Writing should bring you deep pleasure. My experience with students is that once they climb down off Mount Rushmore and frolic a bit, their work improves. They aren’t so self-conscious. You need to relax internally … If you tense up, become hyper-critical of yourself, the work won’t flow …”
Rita Mae Brown – STARTING FROM SCRATCH: A DIFFERENT KIND OF WRITERS’ MANUAL
I love writing that frolics – and that’s one reason I enjoy reading Rita Mae Brown’s fiction. It’s obvious that she enjoys her writing. Even her non-fiction style (such as the book above) is easy, almost conversational, and sprinkled with frequent dollops of natural humor.
This daily prompt has become my time to frolic, so much so I’ve become quite addicted to it, and I hope it carries through to the writing in my novels-in-process. This is the place where I relax.
Maybe today is a good day to consider what your Mount Rushmore is and how you can come down from there and play. Meditation? A walk followed by some hot chocolate? Make a snowperson, if you’re in an area affected by the blizzard this weekend? Read a book? Write a flash fiction fantasy story or a silly poem? Experiment with a new painting or photography technique? Sit and do nothing?
The mountain will still be there in a couple of hours and tomorrow. Maybe by then, though, it won’t be quite as high.