Welcome to the first edition of What They Said, What I Heard. This is going to be my new Friday Feature for, I dunno, as long as I feel like doing it, I guess.
Anyway... Confession time! Hi. My name is Delia and I'm a quotations nerd. I find them (dear God, forgive me)...inspirational. I KNOW! What can I say, I'm a closet sap.
In fact, I can say without a hint of irony that it was an authorial quotation that finally moved writing up my mental hierarchy from Hobby to Career Aspiration. Since then, I have come across other quotations which have inspired me, prodded me, and caused me to see things in new and surprisingly effective ways. And now I'm going to share them with you (in the hope that I'm not the only sappy quotation nerd here).
So, without further ado,
What They Said:
"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." ~Jack London
What I Heard:
Stop making excuses. Seriously, do you think you're the only one who has problems with this stuff? Get off your lazy ass and do it already. Yours, Jack London
I spent my youth as a lady-in-waiting to La Muse. I truly believed that there was no way I could be a writer because inspiration did not drench me daily in a Calliope-scented rain shower. I wrote my little stories when and if life handed me the time, which wasn't often because there were always More Important Things To Do.
Then one day, I came across a Piece of Flair on Facebook (I shit you not, good folken, Pieces of Flair. Clearly, I was a busy woman.), with this quotation on it. Misquoted. (It said sword instead of club.)
It rattled around my brain for weeks. I even had a conversation with Magnum about it. A few weeks later, when we went out to celebrate our anniversary, he gave me the tiny sword that had held the olives in his martini (which, dude, hella-romantic gesture). I taped it to the side of my computer monitor to remind me that this job, writing, is hard for everyone. The right words, the most vivid descriptions, plots, structure, character, they're all elusive. If you want them to serve you, you'd better damn well grab your club.
So I did.
What about you? Has anything ever given you an unexpected shot of motivation? What turns you into a nerdy sap? Do tell. I don't want to be the only one.