Saturday, January 8, 2011

Fuel Your Lamp

To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it. ~Mother Teresa

My blog posts have gotten off to a slow start this year. I think that's always the way with me during the first week of January. I'm always just lost in the shuffle from holidays back to regular life. But, I'm in gear now and I thought this quote is a good one for writers and artists.

As a writer, I find several ways to interpret it. First, I think it's so important as writers that we read the works of others... all the best writers as well as the not-so-great writers. I read them all and try to keep a book or two with me all the time.

I learn much from the great writers. The beauty of their writings always make me strive for that in my writing. The not-so-great writers offer even more at times. Through analyzing why their writing falls short, gives me insight into my own.

Another way to fuel your lamp is by writing on other pieces in addition to the your novel. Give yourself assignments. Practice your writing as diligently as a concert pianist practices the piano. Tthat will stoke the fires of your writing.

Keep fueling your lamp. Have a great day.


Caren Gittleman said...

I think that is fabulous advice! To me it also translates to blogging. I follow nearly 300 blogs (some pet related, some not) saddens and amazes me the number of blog authors that do not read other people's blogs...

I am very glad I found this one!

Mariodacat said...

Mario's mom here, I'm not a writer, but that sounds like excellent advice. You must follow it because your writing is always very interesting.

Shakespeare said...

Whether one is a writer or not, one is still a creator of something. And we still have a tank to fill each day.

I love reading others' blogs. I also love reading novels and plays.

Reading is only one of the ways I fill my tank, though. My batteries are recharged by many things, and when I can't do one of them, I have to compensate with other things.

Let me just say I am looking forward to having a piano again!

Mason Canyon said...

I think that excellent advice for any creative outlet. By branching out of our comfort zone, we learn that that fuels something new inside of us.

Thoughts in Progress

Jan Morrison said...

Good counsel! I fuel by reading and writing - by walking in treed areas and by meditating.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's what makes blogging so good for writers - it forces them to write beyond their manauscript.

Jeff King said...

Thx, great post.

Midwestern Mama Holly said...

I'm glad you're back in your groove, and as always... great tips!!

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