31 Days: Day 22 “help”

If I’m stuck, I look to my friends Madeliene and Sol. 

Here are some of my favorite quotes… 

“If it’s bad art, it’s bad religion, no matter how pious the subject.” – Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water. 

“Experience the pleasure of getting the right word, the right phrase, the right sentence, the right paragraph, and finally the ectasy of creating a keeper for your wall.” – Sol Stein, Stein on Writing

“Art is communication, and if there is no communication it is though the work had been stillborn.” – Madeliene L’Engle, Walking on Water

“The best of good writing will entice us into subjects and knowledge we would have declared were of no interest to us until we were seduced by the language they were dressed in.” – Sol Stein, Stein on Writing

“There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation.” – Madeliene L’Engle, Walking on Water

“Ballet dancers practice technique. Pianists wear down their black and white keys with hours of daily practice. Actors rehearse and rehearse again. Painters perfect still-life objects at various angle practice obtaining the best perspectives, experiemtnw ith color and texture, do sketches in preparation for oil. By practice one learns to use what one has understood. Only writers, it seems, expect to achieve some level of mastery without practice.” – Sol Stein, Stein on Writing 

I hope these help you as a thinker – even if you’re not a writer. 

Practice and craft is necessary for everything we do. 


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