Copyright © Louise Bostock 2007-2013. Please give credit where credit is due.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Quote of the week No. 18 : Advice for writers

"The most solid advice for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough."


William Saroyan (1908-1981) American playright and author. Saroyan's writings, mostly about life as an immigrant to the United States, is still in print. Perhaps his most famous is My Name is Aram, which was an international bestseller on publication in 1940. His breakthrough novel, however, was in 1934. Titled The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze, it tells the story of a starving young writer ('twas ever thus) trying to keep body and soul together during the Great Depression.

Perhaps in this New Depression, it's due for a revival?






PS 15°C at 8am. Overcast but not raining.

5 comments:

ladyfi said...

Love your quote of the week.

Vanessa said...

I think this is agood advice for non-writers too!

Being and Quirkiness said...

I do like that quote! :)

Louise said...

Anonymous : Getting good and angry sounds like good advice. Anger expressed dissipates much faster than the repressed type.

Joy said...

That is some good advice.


Joy

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Quote of the week No. 18 : Advice for writers

"The most solid advice for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough."


William Saroyan (1908-1981) American playright and author. Saroyan's writings, mostly about life as an immigrant to the United States, is still in print. Perhaps his most famous is My Name is Aram, which was an international bestseller on publication in 1940. His breakthrough novel, however, was in 1934. Titled The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze, it tells the story of a starving young writer ('twas ever thus) trying to keep body and soul together during the Great Depression.

Perhaps in this New Depression, it's due for a revival?






PS 15°C at 8am. Overcast but not raining.

5 comments:

ladyfi said...

Love your quote of the week.

Vanessa said...

I think this is agood advice for non-writers too!

Being and Quirkiness said...

I do like that quote! :)

Louise said...

Anonymous : Getting good and angry sounds like good advice. Anger expressed dissipates much faster than the repressed type.

Joy said...

That is some good advice.


Joy