The Saturday Creativity Quote

“Indonesian artists say you should begin and end your work with a prayer of gratitude—it’s a more reverent kind of collaboration [than the assumption that you need to beat your art into submission].”

— Elizabeth Gilbert, American novelist and non-fiction writer, in Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process, ed by Joe Fassler (2017)

The Saturday Creativity Quote


“My path as a writer became much more smooth when I learned, when things aren’t going well, to regard my struggles as curious, not tragic.”

— Elizabeth Gilbert, American novelist and non-fiction writer, in Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process, ed by Joe Fassler (2017)

The Saturday Writing Quote

“Literature reminds us that we’re not alone on this planet. You’re not alone in this time. You’re not alone in this experience.”

— Claire Messud, American novelist, in Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process, ed by Joe Fassler (2017)

The Saturday Writing Quote

Bitterroot Winter, by Rachel Warner (collection of the author)

“[L]ove what you do. If you don’t love it and find it all rather lonely because it is, find something else. Most of all, use what is already there. You cannot reinvent the conditions you are in, but these conditions are your fuel – anger, frustration, despair, revenge, love, silliness, need. and writing is your way to clarity, to understanding what is important. That is its power.

Know this in your heart. No one gives you power freely. You have to take it. Then own it. And whatever fee they offer you, ask for more.”
– Suzanne Moore, British journalist, The Guardian, “Find A Room of Your Own: 10 tips for women who want to write”

The Saturday Writing Quote — on doubt

WPA steps, Bigfork (photo by author)

“Once I decided to just embrace the good doubt as part of my creativity, it made it a lot easier to spot when the good doubt started to turn to bad doubt. I was able to use (and celebrate!) the good doubt—because that’s where the genius happened!—and stop the bad doubt in its tracks when it tried to rear its ugly head. It let me question and improve my plot, my ideas, the way I phrased things. without doubting myself.”

Melissa Haveman, writer and coach