For the Love Of Writing…

The love of story-the belief that your vision can be expressed only through story, that characters can be more “real” than people, that the fictional world is more profound than the concrete. The love of the dramatic-a fascination with the sudden surprises and revelations that bring sea-changes in life. The love of truth -the belief that lies cripple the artist, that every truth in life must be questioned, down to one’s own secret motives. The love of humanity-a willingness to empathize with suffering souls, to crawl inside their skins and see the world through their eyes. The love of sensation the desire to indulge not only the physical but the inner senses. The love of dreaming-the pleasure in taking leisurely rides on your imagination just to see where it leads. The love of humor-a joy in the saving grace that restores the balance of life. The love of language- the delight in sound and sense, syntax and semantics. The love of duality-a feel for life’s hidden contradictions, a healthy suspicion that things are not what they seem. The love of perfection the passion to write and rewrite in pursuit of the perfect moment.
The love of uniqueness-the thrill of audacity and a stone-faced calm when it is met by ridicule. The love of beauty-an innate sense that treasures good writing, hates bad writing, and knows the difference. The love of self-a strength that doesn’t need to be constantly reassured, that never doubts that you are indeed a writer. You must love to write and bear the loneliness. But the love of a good story, of terrific characters and a world driven by your passion, courage, and creative gifts is still not enough. Your goal must be a good story well told.
                                     — Hallie and Whit Burnett (A lot of Love)

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