In past blogs I’ve talked a lot about the elements of writing and how it is reflected in my own work. Hopefully that was interesting and made readers think or question what I wrote. This week, I want to share with you the words of ten great female authors and how they see writing. I think they are an inspiration to all of us. This being a Canadian site I’m starting with a few well known Canucks.
Atwood sees writing as an extension of the bard’s craft. It’s as natural to us as breathing. – You’re never going to kill storytelling, because it’s built into the human plan. We come with it. Margaret Atwood
For Laurence writing was her career and anything else was just chores or a way to make money. Yet, she realized that writing was work that having talent was not enough it had to be combined with skill. – When I say ‘work’ I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs. Margaret Laurence
Montgomery saw writing as an escape both for herself and others. For that reason she felt a good novel should leave the reader with a good feeling. – There are so many unpleasant things in the world already that there is no use in imagining any more. Lucy Maud Montgomery
Woolf saw writing as only possible for a woman if she had first achieved some form of independence. – A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. Virginia Woolf
Winterson is quick to point out that she is an author who happens to be a lesbian. She doesn’t feel she should be treated as the lesbian who managed to write a book. – I am a writer who happens to love women. I am not a lesbian who happens to write. Jeanette Winterson
Allende’s Spanish passion shows in her quote. Writing is not just story telling it’s about guts and emotion. For her the written word has to hit hard and stay with the reader. – Write what should not be forgotten. Isabel Allende
Morrison had to struggle to be accepted in society and as an author. For her, everyone with a story within needs to find a way to share it. – If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. Toni Morrison
Rowling cautions that an author has to write what they need to write. To plan to write for a certain segment of society is to shackle creativity. – I have to write the story I want to write. I never wrote them with a focus group of 8year-olds in mind. I have to continue telling the story the way I want to tell it. J K Rowling
For Lahiri a book should always be welcoming. Some place a reader can go to find a friend. – The first sentence of a book is a handshake, perhaps an embrace. Jhumpa Lahiri
Angelou like Allende realizes that true writing is about reaching not just the mind but also to the heart. – The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart. Maya Angelou
The great Jane Austen notes that you have to write on even when it’s hard to do so. Discipline is the difference between success and a half written novel on a closet shelf. – I am not at all in a humor for writing; I must write on till I am. Jane Austen
Authors all have different backgrounds, styles and focus but they share some basic traits. Writing is a passion and a personal journey that they hope will bring with it lesson and reading experience that will reach from one soul to the next. That’s what writing is all about.
Anne Azel’s Award Winning Novels:
Encounters, Seasons, Three Doses of Murder, Murder in Triplicate, Gold Mountain, Iron Rose Bleeding, The Little Book of Big Christmas Stories, Journeys, America, Tides, and coming soon The Dark Matter Corps
Contact Anne at <firstname.lastname@example.org>