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Des Moines daily writing prompt for Nov 12, 2009 - your writing mantra


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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.

For more info: This prompt if from my collection.


  • Larry 5 years ago

    "It is never too late to be what you might have been."
    George Eliot

    Even for an old man like me!

  • Sara 5 years ago

    Great quote, Larry! Keep sharing those comments! :)