Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Mary Pipher on Stories

"Telling stories never fails to produce good in the universe!"--Mary Pipher

Psychologist and writer Mary Pipher is a great believer in the power of story to improve the world. She made this quite clear in her book "Writing to change the world." Each time we sit down and write a story, a poem or an essay we make the world a little better because we help people to connect with one another.

Keep your fingers on the keyborad, keep the ideas flowing and your dreams alive.


Jim Busch for the LVW

Monday, November 18, 2013

George Orwell on what makes writers special.

"There is also the minority of gifted, willful people who are determined to live their own lives to the end, and writers belong in this class." George Orwell

George Orwell was a remarkably observant man and an amazing writer. I believe he is absolutely correct in his assertion that writers are by definition individualists. It takes a strong ego, and I use the term in the best sense of the word, to be a writer. People lacking the confidence and the pluck to follow their own path will never write. They lack what it takes to ignore critics and those who say they will never to succeed to pursue their art. 

Thanks for reading this blog. Keep the ideas flowing, your fingers on the keyboard and your dreams alive!

Jim Busch for LVW

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ray Bradbury on the Writer's Art

"We never sit anything out. We are cups and are constantly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out."--Ray Bradbury

This quote is taken from Ray Bradbury's wonderful book, Zen and the Art of Writing. Every human that ever lived collects experiences and insights as they pass through the world. As Ray Bradbury noted above, the thing that sets writers and artists apart is that we know "how to tip ourselves over." We share our experiences with the world to let others know what a beautiful experience life is. Like one of my college writing teachers once said, "the only thing different about writers is that writers WRITE!"

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Thanks for reading this blog. Keep your ideas flowing, your fingers on the keyboard and your dreams alive.

Jim Busch