Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thought for the Weekend - Enda Ferber

Having had a dreadful day, I figured it would be a good idea to get the Thought for the Weekend in early.  So with this in mind, I got to thinking about writing inspiration. 

Writing inspiration is a strange kind of thing, it appears just before your head hits the pillow at night, or when you are watching mindless television, or put on the spot and have to think of something real fast.  But apparently there is something else which can cause this strange and wonderful gift, and that is a blank wall.  Yes, you heard right, all you need is a blank wall, or a rather cloudless sky, or perhaps, I should say, this is the only view you need.  Both have similarities to mindless T.V. and dark pillows, as nothing else is happening other than your mind slotting into place, and yes you've guessed it, writing inspiration dawns. 

So even though today was a very bad writing day, and I'm wondering if I'll ever get around to ever doing it again, here's a quote from the great Enda Ferber herself.

"The ideal view for daily writing, hour on hour, is the blank wall of a cold-storage warehouse.  Failing this, a stretch of sky will do, cloudless if possible."

-Enda Ferber -
(Pulitzer Prize Winner 1924)


  1. I like what you wrote better than what Enda wrote...sending you positive thoughts... I am in California visiting family and fighting a pulled muscle in my back. I can deal with the discomfort, but lack of sleep and discomfort are grading on my last few nerves...

  2. Thanks Donna, and here's hoping your discomfort eases soon, nothing worse than being unwell when you are not at home! I hope they pamper you lots.

  3. Really interesting! I've never heard of this before. Will definitely give it a go. I think it's no harm having the odd bad writing day. It makes us appreciate the good ones more.

  4. Tomorrow will be better!!!! Hopefully, either way, I have at least 4 walls to chose from!

  5. Might help you sleep rather than write looking at dat!


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