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0338 [writer's block: meaningful words]

What is your favorite quote? And why?

This is difficult. I've forgotten most of the quotes I knew from famous people.

I love this one, by C.S. Lewis...

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.

As for lyrics, there's a song by the 10,000 Maniacs that I count as the most beautiful lyrics ever penned. I love them, because they make me think and re-evaluate who and why I am. Also, I feel that they reference God more than Natalie Merchant might have intended when she wrote them.

we are the roses in the garden
beauty with thorns among our leaves
to pick a rose you ask your hands to bleed

but what is the reason for having roses
when your blood is shed carelessly?
it must be for something more than vanity

believe me, the truth is we're not honest
not the people that we dream
we're not as close as we could be

I also adore this verse from the Bible, simply because of the controversial question it poses:

Numbers 12:3

(Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)

As Christians, we believe that Moses wrote the entire Pentateuch. If we say that any of it was edited, we undermine our entire faith (if one thing was changed in the Bible, then the part about Jesus dying and coming back to life would be up for debate). So... how can you write that you are the most humble person on earth? It's impossible.

Think on that, friends. ;)
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What Do You Have To Say? - Writing: Makes Me A Better Writer

What's been your biggest influence in making you a better writer?
Reading other writers' work. People like Thrity Umrigar and Kevin Brooks and Moshin Hamid are so amazing, they have such fluidity in their writing styles; even though they are all unique, they share similar characteristics. Thrity Umrigar is so engaging... her stories suck you in and don't let you escape. You become the characters, you live their lives, even though she writes in third-person, you know the character's life intimately and their histories become your own. Her dialogue is always pointed, and every sentence reveals something about the speaker. She does not waste space or time, but she writes beautiful languid prose that I wish I could swim in.

Moshin Hamid and Kevin Brooks' writing styles are more choppy than Thrity's, but they both are enhanced by the starkness. Kevin Brooks writes madness and general teen insanity brilliantly, cutting to the heart of the person with improper grammar and colloquialisms that never leave the reader feeling as though they are awkwardly wearing an oversized outfit. The fact that he writes less actually allows you to experience more; as your mind fills in the gaps his stories become so much more vivid. Moshin Hamid, while following in some of the same veins in his milmalism, tends to focus on small details that bring the whole setting or story into a sort of peripheral vision, and in doing so makes everything more clear. The man transports me to the dusty roads of Lahore, and has singlehandedly instilled in me a desire to visit Pakistan, of all places. I wish to emulate the quiet pulses, the perfectly intermingled plots of 'Moth Smoke' that wove together so brilliantly to create a masterful book, a little life that I lived while reading it and is forever with me.

I deeply respect Hawthorne, and the older, long dead authors... but these three modern writers let me know that masterpieces are not for archaic authors of long ago. I can craft a brilliant story that will inhabit the minds of readers for ages to come if I simply strive to integrate parts of their prose into my own. I find that I learn the most about writing by thinking about what I want to read, and what I love to read, and creating it.