Both Have Been On My Wall For Decades…
And they were on my office walls before that. So when we moved this last spring and early summer, I took the two sayings down and brought them with me for my new office.
So what kind of sayings would I carry with me for so many decades? Almost since I started writing.
The first, framed in a cheap mat and dirty and faded says simply…
“If we could dare to write as ill as those whose voices haunt us still…”
That is part of an Edward Gosse poem written way back and the poem is in the public domain. But think about that saying. Especially those of you who are beginners and think top bestsellers can’t write.
And a little of that saying is where “Dare to be bad” came from.
The second quote is from a Louis L’Amour Sackett novel. One of his characters is talking and I thought what the character said was exactly right. So I typed it up in a big font and put it on my wall.
“…there are two kinds of people in this world, those who wish and those who will, and the world and its goods will always belong to those who will.”
If you put those two sayings together, you pretty much get my writing belief system.
Combine them both with Heinlein’s Rules and forty years later I am still here and having a blast and writing like crazy.
So tonight I put both sayings back up on my new office wall. Just thought I would let you all know. Or warn you. (grin)