William Wordsworth

Quote of the Week: Wordsworth and Journaling

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 | Quote of the Week, The Writing Life | No Comments

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Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. 

William Wordsworth

This is one of my favorite quotes of all time, about writing or anything else. A writer has to do this, I think, but there is a lot that can stand in the way of hearing our hearts. We can get so involved in research, edits, revisions, plots, and character development, that we lose the sense of why we began the book in the first place. That’s why I think a journal is so useful to a writer, even when we write pages every day in our novels and blogs. A journal is a place where we write for no one but ourselves, where we reflect, take stock, both of our lives and our work.  On some days it seems like a luxury I can’t afford to pick up my inefficient pen and write on a real sheet of paper instead of typing quickly into my laptop. But there is something in the motion of the pen putting my thoughts into ink that is soothing in itself, that leads me out of the wilderness of all that must be done, to why I am doing it all in the first place.

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The Breathings of Our Hearts

Friday, April 20th, 2012 | Quote of the Week, The Writing Life | 1 Comment


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

This is one of my favorite quotes on writing, from one of my favorite sources. In the midst of our work, in the midst of trying so hard to get it right, there are times when we forget this. We want our books to be the best they can. We want to give those books the life blood of our hearts, the cleanest plot structures, well-faceted characters, all the while remembering to tell the truth. Our truth, which we hope will be a truth that also belongs to someone else. That is why we do this work after all. To tell our truths to others, and to have them hear us. The closer we listen to the breathings of our hearts, the closer to those truths we come.

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