Every now and then, I pick up my copy of Susan Shaughnessy’s WALKING ON ALLIGATORS and look for a quote that will help me work. It’s a book of writing meditations that I discovered when I was writing Jerry Spinelli’s biography.
He once said in an interview that he re-read it before he started any writing project. And in fact he and his wife wrote a similar book of writing meditations themselves two years back. Though I’ve never read ALLIGATORS cover to cover, I peruse it from time to time, and I always find great quotes. Two days ago I posted this one on my G+ page and Facebook:
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you until it seems that you cannot hold on for a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. — Harriet Beecher Stowe
It was exactly what I needed at the time, feeling the strain of missing my kids and working on a manuscript that I felt I had already worked exhaustively over. Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for that tide to turn.
Today I came across this one, which is a perfect fit this morning:
Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right. — Henry Rod
Whoever Henry Rod is, he’s right. We all are. If I had believed that I couldn’t do another revision of this manuscript when I got the critique back, I would not have done it, and I would have been right. But luckily, I do believe I can. What the outcome will be, I don’t know. But everything in my arsenal is being put to work.
The fact is, whatever it is you think about your writing, or your life, or yourself… you’re right.