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

The Saturday Writing Quote

“When I’m working, I’m simply working, setting up problems visually that need resolution. In the process, I’m looking for resolution to conundrums in my life, questions in my life, as well as visually looking for problems that I can fix.”

– the late Montana artist Rick Barstow, profiled in The Missoulian, 11/15/19

The Saturday Writing Quote — on determination

“I’ve shoved a writing table by the biggest window in my sitting room. The only flaw in this arrangement is the constant temptation to go outside and walk over to the cliff’s edge … Writers ought to live far inland or next to the city dump, if they are ever to get any work done. Or perhaps they need to be stronger-minded than I am.”

– Juliet, writing to her editor, Sidney, in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows (2008)

The Saturday Writing Quote — on storytelling

“People … are all storytellers. We just do it in different ways. And what each one of us is doing is wrestling with the idea of what it means to be alive, and what it means to be human. And when you do this, you not only discover what it means to be human, but what it means to be humane. That is a profound idea and worth doing.”

— Thomas Christopher Greene, quoted in Mystery Scene, No. 158, 2019

Photo: The Bovine Bibiliophile, at The Bookstore, Dillon, Montana