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  1. Nicki Elson

    Oh I love the idea of writing as a messy business. The most fun I've had writing is when I jump into unfamiliar territory and slosh around until I have something.

  2. Sheena-kay Graham

    Harlan's quote sounds terrible to me. If writing is nothing but sitting back and working why not instead get a 9-5 job where you are guaranteed a pay check? Fitzgerald is speaking my language (better than me)! Writing fiction is a deep challenge and art. Harry's quite deep with his definition. Kurt is my fave, he knows language alone isn't enough.

  3. angelsbark

    I really like the Harry Crews quote. And Kurt Vonnegut always has such great words of wisdom. Good post with great points! Thanks for the tips.

  4. Nicole Pyles

    Great message! Writing is definitely messy work – it doesn't come out clean and the editing and revising process is even messier! It's something that the we as the reader forget (even if we ARE a writer! :))

  5. P V Ariel

    Hi Damayanti,
    This is really an interesting piece!
    Getting dirty!! LOL
    I am reminded of a piece written by
    a great author: Let us have Clean Hand and pure Heart!!!
    Best Regards

  6. Perle

    Good advice. My problem with fiction is I could never kill anybody off. Even my villains all survive. Sigh.
    Essay, memoir, non-fic are easier for me.
    Perle Champion at
    Perle’s Ink,
    freelance words & art

  7. Rosalind Adam

    I love the bit about mining personal life in order to reach for universal truths but don't ask me to get my hands dirty!! I was that weird kid who cried when sand stuck to my hands at the seaside or when play dough got wrapped round my fingers. I think this is why I can't make pastry! It could also explain something about my writing!

  8. Jennifer Hawes

    Love that last quote! Great motivation. If we never get our hands dirty, then we are probably dead or lazy. Just saying. Thanks for the thoughts on writing!

  9. Kim Van Sickler

    Yes! They are paramount. Love the quotes and the more I write, the more I realize how spot-on they are. This may be why I find some of my writing to be therapeutic, even though it's also painful. I especially love the F Scott Fitzgerald quote.

  10. klahanie

    Greetings human, Damyanti,

    Or getting your paws dirty in my case. Both my human and I write with a genuineness. We firmly believe that a great writer brings the reader into the story. With that, I shall now go and wash my paws πŸ™‚

    Penny, the pawsitive host of the Alphabark Challenge, 2014!