“I would say to the worn and hectored mothers in the class who longed to write and could not find a minute for it: ‘If you would shut your door against the children for an hour a day and say: “Mother is working on her five-act tragedy in blank verse!” you would be surprised how they would respect you.  They would probably all become playwrights.'”

Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write (1938; rpt. Graywolf Press, 1987), 100.

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3 thoughts on “Inspiration, Day Two

  1. Clearly, I need to change the way I talk when I have to work on the dissertation or grade papers. Maybe these:

    “Mommy has to work so she can help her students become better thinkers and, thus, better citizens.”

    and

    “Mommy has to write her 300-page manuscript so that other people can read her important ideas.”

    Hmmm. Not sure. I’ll have to keep thinking about this.

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