Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tipsy Tuesday

Just one thought for today. It's a quote from Danse Macabre, a non-fiction book by Stephen King:

"I think that writers are made, not born or created out of dreams or childhood trauma--that becoming a writer (or a painter, actor, director, dancer, and so on) is a direct result of conscious will. Of course there has to be some talent involved, but talent is a dreadfully cheap commodity, cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work and study; a constant process of honing. Talent is a dull knife that will cut nothing unless it is wielded with great force--a force so great that the knife is not really cutting at all but bludgeoning and breaking (and after two or three of these gargantuan swipes it may succeed in breaking itself)... Discipline and constant work are the whetstones upon which the dull knife of talent is honed until it becomes sharp enough, hopefully, to cut through even the toughest meat and gristle. No writer, painter or actor--no artist--is ever handed a sharp knife (although a few people are handed almighty big ones; the name we give to the artist with the big knife is "genius"), and we hone with varying degrees of zeal and aptitude. I'm suggesting that, to be successful, the artist in any field has to be in the right place at the right time. The right time is in the lap of the gods, but any mother's son or daughter can work his/her way to the right place and wait."

3 comments:

Colleen Love said...

Oh my god, I soooo needed to hear that today! Thank you! *sigh*

Jenna Howard said...

I really like this. May have to snoop out the book.

Sherrill Quinn said...

I need to remind myself of it every now and again too, Colleen.

It's an interesting book, Jenn. His take on the horror industry--mostly movies, but some books, too.