Whenever I post a Maya Angelou quote, I don’t like writing much under it because her words are sufficient and have such profound wisdom in them, I feel anything I write would be subliminal. It’s been over a year since Dr. Maya passed away but her words live on as a source of inspiration and that’s the strength of writing. Her poems are a testament of a woman who went through fierce storms but didn’t let them cloud the shine in her rainbow. You read her works like, phenomenal woman and Still I rise and you can almost hear the sass in her voice as you sift through the words, savoring every sentence, every line, every verse.
I chose the above quote because it’s a reminder of something we are in desperate need of, all across the globe. We are in dire need of peace, but in order to attain it, we have to be unified; we have to be color blind; we have to realize we are more alike than we are unalike.
We’ve all got our struggles and just because they are different doesn’t make them any less of a torment than any other persons. I read recently about the importance of writers support groups. There are days as writers where we’ll feel like “we just can’t do it anymore”. You know who’s going to be there in our corners, pushing us on, those writers who have once sailed across the turbulence. They’ve been there and crossed it, it wasn’t easy but they did it. They are the ones who’d help paddle our boats across the storms, being our support systems when our creative juices clog.
A big thank you to everyone who has participated in writer’s Quote this year and has been a source of inspiration to me and also to Colleen from SilverThreading, for hosting this event In the first place. That’s it, and see you in 2016, God willing.
Silver Lining– a prospect of hope or comfort in a gloomy situation, according to the free dictionary. The above quote is from the oscar nominated movie, The silver lining playbook and I chose it for this week’s writer’s quote because today is Monday and we all need all the positivity we can get.
“You have to do everything you can, you have to work your hardest”– this is the baseline towards success, giving it your best shot and leaving no stone unturned. Personally, I find a certain level of comfort in knowing I did the best I could. It helps me sleep better at night and I look towards the next obstacle knowing the previous door closed for reasons other than my efforts.
“And if you stay positive“- now that’s one of the hardest things. Staying positive after multiple defeats, multiple rejections is not easy. But that is what makes it worth it In the end. If there are no storms and clouds In the sky, there sure wouldn’t be a silver lining.
First things first, we’ve got to give it our best shot. If we stumble, we pick ourselves up; if we fall, we rise and wipe the dust off. Stay positive and keep on walking, trudging, and then, we’ll have our shot at a silver lining.
This post is in response up Writer’s quote wednesday hosted by Silver threading.
I read Louisa May Alcott’s “Little women, good wives” a few years ago and after I was done, I felt like grappling a telephone and screaming- “couldn’t Laurie have ended up with anyone but Jo’s sister, I mean come on!”. Thank God I don’t have her number and I can save my little dignity towards other things like em, “forgiving her”.
I digress, now to the quote above, how do we know we’ve read an amazing book. It differs for all us; for me- it’s feeling a certain level of calmness after reading the last line, sighing and wishing I had written the book; that’s when I know the writer’s got me.
The first half of Khaled Housseini’s “a thousand splendid suns” got me feeling like- it’d be a great honor to write like him, heck, I actually wanted to meet him. Upon getting to the second part (and please forgive me if you are his fan), I got tired of reading it cause I felt the storyline was dragging on. And then I read “To kill a mockingbird” and J.D. salinger’s words accurately describe my feelings.
What I want to say is this, how about we aim towards exuding a similar feeling from our readers. As much we try to say, we write for ourselves, it would still be a great honor at the end of the day to have someone say “darn, I love your book” or “I wish I could write like you”. We all could do with some motivation.
Here is to writing books which make readers wish they were our friends 😉
P.S which book have you read that evoked the above quote?
In response to writers Quote Wednesday Hosted by Silver Threading.