Today’s quote comes to us from one of my favorite writing mentors Uma Krishnaswami. I first met Uma through Writers.com, a fabulous online writing community which offers great classes from memoir to children’s literature. Later I listened to her lectures at Vermont College of Fine Arts where she is a faculty advisor. What I love about Uma and her writing is she balances the contrariness of brilliant logic with surprise and inspiration. I was so curious to learn what quote inspires her as a writer.
“Here’s my “dry season” quote, when the page stays empty and I think I’ll never write again:
“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”
Henry David Thoreau.
“And my “rainy season” quote when there are so many projects needing to be completed that I feel overwhelmed and think I’ll never have enough time to write all that had to be written by the day before yesterday.
“…life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be
cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece.”
“Why these two quotes for these two circumstances?” says Uma. “Because they work against the inevitable in each of those places I often find myself as a writer. The panic of the empty page can drive me away from the reason I write, which is to make meaning in the world. And the panic caused by projects piling up can make me forget to attend to each moment, each page, each word, to exercise care and to think of each work as my life’s work.”
You see? A perfect balance. You can read more of her brilliance and whimsy in her latest book, The Grand Plan to Fix Everything.
Thank you Uma, for joining me here today.