#Writer’s Quote Wednesday & #BeWoW – Anne Lamott

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” and Ronovan Writes’ event called, “BeWoW” or “Be Writing on Wednesday.”  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to right spot!

Are you ready to join in?
All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Fellow blogger, Sacha Black has an excellent tutorial on how to make photo-quote images. Click here to learn how to make exciting images with your own photos and how to add words.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. I will share your images on social media for added exposure. Beginning this week, as part of the Writer’s Quote Wednesday post, I will include the links to the blogs that took part in last week’s post. Time is of the essence in my writing and I find that I need every spare minute I can squeeze out of the day. I no longer have the time to do a separate post for the Wrap-up.

Please copy the badge above and include it on your own post. Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  (A pingback is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post).

Make sure to check my weekly prompt (this post) to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Since Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and I have joined forces he has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts, feel free to do so and link them to my post. I will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up I do each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

FIRST, LET’S
CHECK OUT ALL THESE FABULOUS WRITERS WHO SHARED QUOTES LAST WEEK:

DAILY ECHO

SACHA BLACK

LANCE GREENFIELD

PEARL BEFORE SWINE

I MANIKING BLOG

ON THE LAND

MY JOURNEY WITH HIJAB

RONOVAN WRITES

WEAVING GOLD

SUSAN’S CREATIVE WRITING & POETRY *NEW THIS WEEK*

REBIRTH OF LISA

ALWAYS A WRITER

HERE THERE BE DRAGONS!

CATHY LYNN BROOKS

ZEN & PI

THOUGHTS & ENTANGLEMENTS

RAMBLINGS OF SIMPLE LIFE

JADE M. WONG

ALBERTA ROSS WRITES

THE WRITER NEXT DOOR

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My quote this week is from Anne Lamott, who wears many hats in her life. She is a novelist, a non-fiction writer, a progressive political activist, a public speaker, and a writing teacher. Most of her nonfiction is considered to be autobiographical. Wikipedia

Author, Anne Lamott

“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” — Anne Lamott


Have you ever thought about a world where there were no books? For me, it would be the bleakest of places. The Dark Ages comes to mind where only the educated had the ability to read and write. That was quite a tenuous situation. Religious scholars and monks did the majority of writing back then. The common man was segregated by his inability to read.

Isn’t it interesting then, that mankind found a way to tell stories in an oral tradition? Songs were sung to commemorate events that people did not want to forget. The songs were handed down from generation to generation fostering many myths and legends.

It appears to me that we have all been gifted with a storytelling gene of some sort. Humans have always found a way to communicate their thoughts and memories with the rest of humanity. It is almost like it is a compulsion that we have no absolute control over. Our need to share our thoughts is ingrained into our culture and society.

Anne Lamott’s quote really got me to thinking about books and reading. We are doing our children a disservice if we do not encourage them to read well. How else can they learn about life but through the eyes of a gifted storyteller?

My best friends have always been my books. Some I reread over and over again because they remind me of the feeling of coming home and visiting with a long lost friend. That is the magic of writing and reading.

Ann Lamott also says:

“Try to write in a directly emotional way, instead of being too subtle or oblique. Don’t be afraid of your material or your past. Be afraid of wasting any more time obsessing about how you look and how people see you. Be afraid of not getting your writing done.”

Read more at http://www.azquotes.com/author/8434-Anne_Lamott

Visit Anne’s official website at  Nerdyfacts.com

That is where I find myself today… afraid of not getting my writing done! There is so much to say and so little time!

BE HAPPY & KEEP WRITING MY FRIENDS!

DON’T FORGET TO SHARE WITH US YOUR FAVORITE WRITER’S QUOTE THIS WEEK!

Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed seeing all of you!

38 thoughts on “#Writer’s Quote Wednesday & #BeWoW – Anne Lamott

  1. Very beautiful quotes you picked, Colleen! I totally relate to the second one. That is what I learned during blogging. The more you write from the heart and the more transparent you write, the better it feels and the clearer you get understood!

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  2. This is such a nice quote and your writeup added a spark to the thought.Indeed how people were preserving and passing on stories through folk songs in the past,and today we have everything but the joy of reading is getting lost somehow, it is very relatable .

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  3. Two very lovely quotes. I enjoyed your reflections and presentation as well. I moved away from fiction for a while as I found it so consuming, but now I am carefully getting back into it. You do learn so much from stories.

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  4. Hello Colleen! The first quote is so beautiful and full of passion. The second quote is great too and I completely agree. I love Anne Lamott’s words. She seems like a very interesting person. It seems strange to me that she only writes non-fiction because she reads like a fiction writer. 🙂

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  5. “Don’t be afraid of your material or your past. Be afraid of wasting any more time obsessing about how you look and how people see you. Be afraid of not getting your writing done.” ~> This quote just speaks to me. I love your Writer’s Quote event because I know to expect some truly beautiful quotes that I needed to hear at that moment. Thank you for sharing this, Colleen!

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  6. I like both these quotes by Lamont…but that second one…ah! that hits the spot. I like the fact that her non fiction is mostly considered autobiographical, she kind of just puts it out there then. I kind of identify with her on that. A nice choice Coleen:)

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