I was leafing through a magazine in someone’s office yesterday and saw this quote superimposed on a photo of the great outdoors:
Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough. Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900)
All right! But I’m sorry to admit that up ’til then, I had no idea who Warner was (novelist and essayist). He sounded like a pretty cool dude, though, so he’s on my list for post-NaNoWriMo reading. Seemed like we had a fair number of points of connection: western Massachusetts, upstate New York, Unitarian, love of nature, humor.
Of course I see references to NaNoWriMo in EVERYTHING now, so here’s a quote I found from Warner that I think is applicable to writing dialogue:
Lettuce is like conversation; it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.
But this one is my favorite and I think it really captures some of my feelings about this whole experience and journey we have embarked on together.
Perhaps nobody ever accomplishes all that he feels lies in him to do; but nearly every one who tries his power touches the walls of his being.
Certainly this is true for me. Thoughts?