Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Writing Life

Let us, then, be up and doing
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

These four lines speak to me not just for the writing life, but for life in general.

But let's discuss this in terms of writing: It's not enough to dream of books with our name on the spine. We must write, write, write. Then polish our work and send it out into the world, which may or may not accept it. Only the writing is in our control. So we work at it, and a few years later we see that we are better.

Waiting can be the hardest part but goodness gracious, when that acceptance arrives, it's sweet.

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5 comments:

Natalie said...

Wonderful lines, Vijaya! And how appropriate that his last word is "wait"...it sort of hangs in the air after I finish reading his words. Just knowing that Longfellow had to wait, too, makes me feel like I'm in good company!
:-)

Vijaya said...

Thanks, Natalie.

Ghost Girl said...

How perfect! I love these lines, Vijaya. What a perfect mantra for the writer.

Angela said...

Thanks for posting this Vijaya.

Words I needed to read!

Vijaya said...

Thanks, ladies.