Writing That Gives Me Hope

Sundays are always a little quieter at our house, at least that is the hope. So it seems fitting that Sundays should be quieter on this blog, even during a 31 day writing challenge. I love writing, but I love reading excellent writing even more. So many authors and writers have shaped my thinking and write with such beauty and clarity that I often have to read their words aloud to someone else. Other times, I am moved to tears by writers who capture moments of life as if they walked through my heart when I wasn’t looking. On Sundays during this lovely month of October, I will share some quotes from some authors I love and hope their words might bring a little hope and wonder to your day. First up is Madeline L’Engle. Have a beautiful Sunday.


“We tell stories because we can’t help it. We tell stories because they fill the silence death imposes. We tell stories because they save us….Story makes us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving. Why does anybody tell a story? It does indeed have something to do with faith, faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matter cosmically.” The Rock That is Higher


“I felt somewhat the same sense of irrationality in the world around me … Whenever this occurs I turn to the piano, to my typewriter, to a book. We turn to stories and pictures and music because they show us who and what and why we are, and what our relationship is to life and death, what is essential, and what … will not burn.” –A Circle of Quiet


“I don’t know what I’m like. I get glimpses of myself in other people’s eyes. I try to be careful whom I use as a mirror: my husband; my children; my mother… But we aren’t always careful of our mirrors. I’m not. I made the mistake of thinking that I “ought” not to write because I wasn’t making money, and therefore in the eyes of many people around me I had no business to spend hours every day at the typewriter.” -A Circle of Quiet


“The degree of talent, the size of the gift, is immaterial. All artists must listen, but not all hear great symphonies, see wide canvasses, conceive complex, character-filled novels. No matter, the creative act is the same, and it is an act of faith.” -Walking on Water


And just in case you missed it: Day 4: Life on the Tumble Track