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How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live. - Henry David Thoreau
Setup: I love reading quotes from other writers. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Woody Allen, Ernest Hemingway, Alice Sebold, Annie Proulx, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth George...their quotes are like mini-lessons on what it means to be a writer. The above quote from Thoreau is my personal favorite. It reminds me that I can't be the kind of writer I want to be if I don't live a full, engaged life. I recite this quote every day. It's become my writing mantra.
Prompt: Do you have a quote from a favorite author that explains precisely what it means to you to be a writer? If not, now is the time to find one. Search the internet; begin with lists of quotes from favorite authors. Or, pick "writing" from quote site topics lists and find a quote that inspires you, then learn more about the author of that quote. Find something short, simple, succicnt; something that you can repeat to yourself over and over again. Your writing mantra.
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