Ariel’s lyrical, compelling post on Monday set a high standard for our week here on NovelMatters. And then Patti vaulted over that bar with the announcement that her new book, Goodness and Mercy, is free on Kindle through today.
You want a hint about what those two have in common? They are both terrific, unusual, unforgettable writing.
I come to you as the street sweeper after the big parade. After a considerable time not writing on a full-length fiction project, I’m back working on an unusual (aren’t all of our NovelMatters projects unusual? That’s why you come here, right?) co-written project. Something I’m not yet ready to talk about.
But I come to the writing of it changed. The period in which I did not write altered me.
During a recent move I misplaced a little framed saying that always sat on my desk. When I found it this week, it explained something to me.
Here is what it says:
“Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil us. Silently and imperceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grown strong or weak; and at last some crisis shows what we have become.”
This quote by Brooke Foss Westcott served as a warning to me for years. It serves now as an explanation.
It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that the quote on this writer’s desk has nothing to do with writing.
Or does it?
What written words do you keep on your desk? If it is a quote you have had for a long time, has your perception of, or reaction to, it changed over time?