Who: Periods 1, 2, 3, 4, & 7

Set-up: While we spend a great deal of time on the ‘techniques’ of writing, we must never forget that writing is as much an ‘attitude about life’ as it is a set of skills.

Challenge: Pick one of these quotations about writing that catches your eye.  Offer a reaction.

Length: 7+ sentences:

Option 1:

“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” — Anais Nin

Option 2:

“A word is not the same with one writer as with another.  One tears it from his guts.  The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.” — Charles Peguy

Option 3:

“What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.  — Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia”, Afterthoughts, 1931


52 responses to “W9, #7: THE WRITTEN WORD

  1. I appreciate every one of these quotes and agree that they all say something about writing that majority of writers can tip their hats to.

    Quote 2- “A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.”

    This intrigues me the most. This means to me that we each come from different experiences, and with those experiences, we learn our comfort zones of writing, and they are all different because of our individual life-happenings. I think it also allows me to think about the cost of writing. If I just talk about myself or some other topic and not weave in a lesson or reason in my writing for my readers, why should I write it? For my benefit, yes, but if it only makes sense to me…. why will it matter to them?

    I think connotations make a story more personal to the reader. Take the phrase “first grade” for instance. A lot of people respond differently to this. I, unfortunately had a not-so-good first grade year, and so I condole when I encounter this topic. I guess what I am trying to say is that each writer’s topic can seem like nothing to one reader, but the whole world to another. The hard part of a writer is knowing that your work will play a different role in some one’s life than it did in yours, and learning how to be okay with that.

  2. I think that the Peguy quote was the one that stood out the most. It means that what might be easy for one author to say might not be easy for another author. Words have different meaning when they are used by different people in different situations. It is a very true quote because one person could say something and mean it in a way that only holds special meaning to the writer, or is a universal truth that was only discovered by the writer a short time ago. The last part of the quote refers to the ease that one might find to pull out the words. whether they are from your guts or your overcoat pocket.

  3. I picked option number 2.

    I believe this quote wholeheartedly. As a writer, both in English class and outside of it, I see different types of writing and notice both similarities and differences. I believe it is easy to spot who has actually been through an experience that they write about and who hasn’t. When I write a song, I try to only pull from experiences that I have personally gone through. That is easy for me because I really only write when I need to vent about something in my life or when I am happy about something that took place. You can tell when an author is really drawing on personal experience because the emotion seems higher. If someone is just writing about something that they randomly thought of, and someone else experienced it, the person who actually went through it is going to have stronger writing. Writing is a personal thing, and some people put their heart and soul out on the line when they write, while others just make up a story that sounds cool, but isn’t true. So to put your beliefs and your heart on the line to get out what you write is a difficult thing to do. To “ tear it from [your] guts” takes a strong person, who really believes in themselves and their story.

  4. “What he says and what he whispers” are two things that happen in writing a lot. The author ‘says’ certain things that are easy to see. He literally writes it with the words. Then what the writer whispers is the ‘hidden meaning’ to the story. The author is indirectly telling you about something. This offers good suspense or mystery to a book. It’s like ‘writing’ between the lines, to make the reader read between the lines. Saying something is writing with the words about something. Then whispering something is saying something indirectly through the literal words they author has just written.

  5. I reflected on this quote: “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” — Anais Nin

    I like this quote because it tells us to be unique. It tells us to say something different that what everyone else is saying. Offer a different opinion that whats on the table. You can step up to the plate and tell everyone something no one has heard before. Its like I used to hear from some relatives of mine…”be a leader, not a follower.” The writer can tell something through his words, that we can’t express. There might be a hidden message in the writer’s book/novel. He can tell us something different and stand out from the group.

  6. Option 3: “What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. — Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia”, Afterthoughts, 1931

    I interpret this quote to mean that a superior writer must get the reader to listen to the soft and subtle “whispers” that are covertly woven in a piece of writing. A good author challenges the reader to find the underlying meaning in the story. I think this is what Mr. Long has been challenging us to do as authors, as we strive to fine tune our writing skills. In turn, a first-rate reader should look for hidden clues in a story and read intuitively. Mr. Long has also encouraged us to do this when we read our poems, novels, and short stories. The concept of “active reading” is a perfect example of this. An insightful reader must also be a good listener. The written word “speaks” in a hushed tone. Never take what is written at face value, but instead listen intently to what the words are really trying to convey.

  7. The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.

    If the only reason to write is to repeat what has already been said, what’s the point of writing? This would take no creativity. This quote is saying the point of writing is not to rewrite what has already been stated but to explain what was meant by the original statement. This way the original statement is seen through a different lens of creativity each time it’s analyzed. Every writer who writes about another piece of literature is not only looking at the statement from their own point of view, but when they write it they are giving their point of view to other people to analyze. When a writer writes for other people he isn’t writing what he wants to say to other people, he’s writing what he can’t say any other way to people. The quote is true in saying that true writing is not just spitting back information given to you; it’s putting your own spin on what you see and put that out for others to see. Of course there are other kinds of writing than the kind described here and each has its own set of rules, but all types require creativity for success.

  8. What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. — Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia”, Afterthoughts, 1931

    This quote really stood out to me and I agree with what it says. There is a difference between reading a book and then forgetting it and reading a book and remembering it forever. The good that you forget maybe had a good story line but it didn’t really speak to you, it had no lessons to teach. The one that stays with you was one that had underlying themes that really spoke to you, that you could identify with. The themes and reason for the books writing are often what makes a difference. It’s what the author whispers. What he is trying to say through his work, not just the work it’s self. What the author whispers makes all the difference.

  9. The first one caught my eye. This quote says that don’t write what we are able to say. This is like the plot issue. You tell us that we should expect the reader to know the plot, so it is unnecessary to write plot. What we should write is our different views on the story’s message, reasoning, etc…. and back it up with evidence from the text itself., which is the plot. Everyone supposedly knows the text, but not your take on the story. With enough evidence and a good convincing thesis, you may give the readers some new info that is a possible view on the story.

  10. #3-

    This quotation applies to many talented authors because any individual can write down their opinion on a subject but when someone can hint at their meaning and allow the reader to discover it themselves is when an individual is truly talented. Golding with his Lord of the Flies seems to be an example of this. He is an example in that though in the end he becomes much more straightforward on his views of mankind, throughout the story he hints at his views through the actions of the boys. These actions force the reader to begin to see mankind from Golding’s point of view, and if his feelings had of simply been stated from the beginning then this would not have occurred. Great writers understand that telling someone what they think is not as powerful as making that individual discover the point of view on their own through the text. When a reader feels as though they have discovered the underlining meaning to a text they feel accomplished and more open to that perspective, achieving the overall goal of the author. ‘Reading in between the lines’ embodies this quotation in that looking past the text to find the true message of the author is only beneficial if the author has not spoiled this quest by plainly stating the their true message within the text. Some authors are meant to plainly state their opinions and that is part of their work but in novels and more creative literature part of the reader’s journey is that continuous thought of “why was this written, what’s the point?” When the reader feels as though they have discovered ‘the point’ then they feel accomplished and have a better understanding for the work because they have discovered the meaning on their own. Though all authors have different styles the ability to truly teach the reader something lies within the author’s ability to not simply state what the true message is.

  11. Option 3: “What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. — Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia”, Afterthoughts, 1931

    There are different ideas of what “good author[s]” are but Smith appears to think that that the ability to insert multiple meanings into writing is fantastic ability. The common phrase “read between the lines” has been branded into my brain since middle school and that is the first thing that I thought of when i read this quote. Reading a book is pointless if you don’t understand it. A perfect example of this is Lord of the Flies. Golding isn’t simply talking about boys on an island, but the morality of humans and their potential for good or evil. On the surface this just a book, but when you start analyzing you appreciate the writing. Pretty much every book has an underlying meaning though. The Cat and the Hat for example, teaches children to not let strangers into their house. Maybe the importance of each meaning in a book distinguishes an author from a “good author”.

  12. “What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. — Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia”, Afterthoughts, 1931

    This quote stood out more than the other quotes to my opinion. They are all good quotes but this quote says something really true. Smith is saying as writers tell the story beneath the written words there is a hidden message. Almost like the writer is trying to send out a message to the reader and make a point. In turn it may give the reader an epiphany, and I like that feeling when I read books. Its almost like finding “Easter Eggs” (term used when finding hidden stuff) in videogames. Only the hidden things inside books are usually a message about the world, or some kind of flaw in society. One of the reasons I like Dr. Seuss’s books because even though they are colorful, have cool pictures, and have awesome rhymes, deep within those children books there is some hidden message. Its hard to find themes. I mean its not like the author is going to tell you right away but if the time to think and look deep, you may be able to find it.

  13. Option 3- “What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. — Logan Pearsall Smith

    This quote is talking about how when a lot of authors write, they may not exactly be trying to convey the same thing they’re literally writing on paper. A perfect example is Lord of the Flies. The story on paper is about little boys stranded on an island. What Golding is whispering, however, is a message about the war and human nature. It seems like the whispers are more often than not the most important thing. They are what make the book memorable; they are what make the book matter. In this case, whispering can give more striking insight than blatant statements. Communicating one thing through something else can help give perspective by using what the meaning was hidden behind as a method of understanding.

  14. Quote #2

    Through all the different types of literature, every book is devised from the mind of the author. All authors draw their stories from the depths of either their imaginations or memories. For the authors who use personal experiences, writing words is an emotional catharsis. They write because they have to, not to make a best seller.

    One particular author, Pat Conroy draws on his painful childhood to relieve himself as an adult. While many of his books, such as The Great Santini, feature laugh-out-loud dialogue, Conroy himself has stated that he has never, in all his career, laughed at a single word he has written; the words are too painful for him. For some authors, the books may be a relief, while for authors write simply to write. Writing is a love that has evolved into a hobby, and eventually into a career. They devise a recipe for what they think will be a best seller and they follow it. It is a pleasure for them to write about one dreams.

  15. “What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. — Logan Pearsall Smith,

    The authors always have something to tell us. It is not going to be easy to find out, but when you find out, you are not going to forget it. In the lord of the flies, Simon’s died is not only a little boy get killed by other boys. Golding wants to tell us, the truth had failed. The boy who seem weak but he is stronger than other else. Golding also shows us that people is evil in their heart, even a twelve years old boy get the dark side. These are what we are doing this year, we are going to find out what is the authors really want to tell us.

  16. “What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. — Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia”, Afterthoughts, 1931

    This quote stood out to me because I like what it is saying about good authors. I agree with what Smith is trying to say. I think the quote means that a good author always has an underlying message that he is trying to convey through what he is actually writing. The author’s goal is for you to find and understand what he really trying to say. The “deeper” the message is the higher ability the author has to draw the reader into the book. Many authors use this technique of writing in their works including Golding, Lois Lowry, and Daphne du Maurier. They are all exceptional writers who know how to interest the reader through underlying messages. When the author “whispers” to the reader, he is trying to help them find the true meaning behind his words in the text.

  17. Option #1

    I personally like this quote because it can be read in different ways depending on perspective. If you’re an author, you can do what Golding did for Lord of the Flies. Use a book about kids on an island, and under skin explain how human nature, without rules, will lead to anyone’s demise. Along with his message he tried to also explain any government with total power will fall, ect.

    Now that’s from the author point of view, if you’re a critic or writer for some magazine, you could write about ideas or subjects that most people wouldn’t talk about because that would lead to conflict. It’s as if being a writer, you can say anything you want through writing only.

  18. “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” — Anais Nin

    Because why would you buy his books if you can say the same things yourself?

    A writer looks deeply into things and thinks about them perhaps even more deeply than a philosopher. He analyzes the behaviors and personalities of people and determines why they do what they do (or, if he’s writing fiction, he determines WHAT they do). He’s not afraid to confront the truth, and he’s not afraid to etch it into stone for the world to see. Golding knew that there was a beast inside ever human being, but no one else would admit it. They were “unable to say” it. The most powerful authors will write the unthinkable.

  19. “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”—Anais Nin

    I agree with this quote because it points out the important role writers have in society, the one who can articulate and voice the truth and the one who can move us to become a better society. From Beowulf to Twitter bloggers, writers have influenced masses of people to feel, think, and act in countless different ways by saying things unheard of before or things people were afraid of. Many times, written words have meant all the difference in the pivotal points in human history. I think this quote challenges us students to become better writers, to not just learn the techniques but to learn to think creatively and deeply so that we can voice the truth. It tells us to not waste words, but to make every word count. It also challenges us students to become better readers, not just to read the words but to think and read. By “active reading,” we can read behind the words and see what we were unable to see before.

  20. “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” — Anais Nin

    I chose this quote because it caught my eye. At first I really didn’t know why, so I actually had to think about what caught my attention (and come on blogs aren’t supposed to make you think! Sarcasm 🙂 )

    I decided that there is more freedom in writing than there is in speech. A writer can be very opinionated and as long as they are articulate and prove there point no one will think less of them because they are ‘politically incorrect’. Also I think this may be pointing at that writers can sum up our feelings/problems so that we can understand why we feel the way we do better than an average person could do (by average I simply mean non writer). An example would be Luther’s 95 theses. In these he was able to show the German people why they were upset and why they wanted a reformation. A writer that is able to do this express what others are feeling like Luther, will be able to change the world. All of these quotes have something important to offer about writing. I hope someday I will be able to affect people in these ways, with the written word.

  21. Quote 3 “What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.”

    In the good writer’s essay, he uses his words very clearly. But the good writer’s essays and stories, the word was not the most important things, it just describes the story. The most important in what is the inside meaning of those words, what is the author wants to tell us. In the story the author wants to tell you describe clearly as he can (I think some of are not), those meaning are hidden in those words and sentences. Here Logan Pearsall Smith likes the authors that are good at explain the story not good at “talk” the story.

    ( I hope my idea is right):)

  22. “What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. — Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia”, Afterthoughts, 1931

    What defines a good author, according to Logan Pearsall Smith, is not what the author literally writes as the characters’ actions and the events of the story, but the way the author portrays his ideas through these actions and events. Every author has their own way of achieving this goal. Some may use symbolism and allegorical techniques, while others may use irony and metonymy. A great example would be the book Lord of the Flies. Golding isn’t known for this book because of the way he presents the events of the story; this book is known because it symbolizes the human nature of depending on savagry when civilization loses its grip. The boys killing Simon, which is what Golding says, is not what the book is about. What Golding really wants to express (what Golding whispers) is how the boys start to transform more and more into savages, reflecting upon what happens to humans in real life. Therefore, a good author is not one who can only tell stories, but one who can place their own feelings and observations into the story to tell the story in a different manner.

  23. All three of these quotes are very intriguing. The one that caught my eye was “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say”, by Anais Nin.

    It seemed to me what she was saying was that authors contain hidden messages in their stories. Like in Lord of the Flies, how there’s a hidden meaning, I think thats what she’s saying. Also I think it means that authors express themselves through their writings. Authors will express themselves through newspapers, magazines and other things. Those are what i believe she is trying to say.

  24. “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” — Anais Nin

    This quote tells us that writers can express things in their writings that we are normally unable to say. They can write about problems that other people can’t say in public. They can also express themselves better when they are writing and don’t have to be nervous about presenting their opinion in front of an audience. They can also reach more people with their writings and have a greater influence.

  25. “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” — Anais Nin

    This quote stood out to me more than the others because off how true I find it. Everyone can write something. Everyone has the ability to write, but only a select few can actually say what they want. There are some topics that just aren’t addressed, some that are completely disregarded because it is a taboo to bring them up. A good writer can bring up these ‘forbidden’ subjects and say what they want to about them. They can say all of this because they are writers and that is why they have become a writer: to say whatever they want about whatever they want to. It is not a writer’s job to say what we hear everyday because it is old news. It isn’t shocking anymore if everyone has said it. What is left unsaid is in the domain of a writer, and it is their responsibility to dig it up and unearth it.

  26. I think quote 1 is the one that intruiged me the most, because, it is true, if you watch any good drama movie you will hear lines in it, that are so unbelievably true but that no one has ever said outloud. If you had to listen to a person just babble on about their problems, it would be much more vexing that reading about the exact same problems within a well written story. People have more of a respect for people that can write well, or write in a way that it seems to be important. Any one can talk, but not everyone can write about rubber duckies and make them seem important.

  27. “A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.” — Charles Peguy

    This quote really embodies all the different types of writing there are in the world. I would take it to mean that on one hand you have the writer who writes for something he believes in, the one who tears the words from inside of himself in order to express his feelings, which makes what he writes more powerful in nature. On the other hand, you have the writer who is more sophisticated than that, who writes with intelligence and wit in order to express his views or tell a particular story. Its interesting how people of different backgrounds and heritages use the power of the written word to change the world around them. Words have been forged by a multitude of cultures for thousands of years, and whether through power or sophistication, have been influencing people for just as long.

  28. “A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.” — Charles Peguy

    This is truly what separates the great authors from the writers. All of the great writers have written from personal experience. The Greats from Mark Twain to Tom Clancy have all based their stories on their own lives. At the very least, to have an effective writing style, one must write from personal experience, or as if from personal experience. I have always noticed not only is it easier to write from personal experience. The quality of work also improves dramatically. When we write, we must draw from the heart, compose from the soul. This is the nature of writing, and the secret of good technique.

  29. “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” — Anais Nin

    I agree completely with this, Common speech can only take us so far and to get a deeper meaning a cunning use of words is mandatory. There are certain phrases and sentences that we constantly use everyday and are quick and to the point. What distinguishes someone as a writer is to detach themselves from this use of language and incorporate a larger amount of words to convey specifics of certain emotions or tones. These tones can be used to hint towards far greater aspects of the world than the obvious which the word states. The difference between saying what we all can and writing about what we are unable to say is the difference between stating a fact and alluding to that fact throughout a piece of literature without actually stating it. A writer’s job is to build the lines inbetween the lines.

  30. “What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. — Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia”, Afterthoughts, 1931

    I really agree what Logan Pearsall Smith is trying to get at. An other like Golding is a great writer but what hes trying to express in his books like Lord Of The Flies is very meaningful. Hes not just writing about a bunch of boys being stuck on an island, hes writing about how us humans adapt and how we change over time. The writer may be writing a good story but if you pay really close attention their trying to give a message to the people. In alot of books ive read the authors have somehow represented the characters in the books to actual people who have done either good or bad things. I beleive that the author wanted to get the readers attention when he puts something in quotes because it may have more meaning to it then what is written. Smith’s quote is trying to tell you that behind the words said in the text there is some kind of meaning or message that is trying to be brought out to the reader.

  31. “A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.” – Charles Peguy.

    At first glance, I would think that what this line is trying to say is that some writers pour everything into their work, while others do it in a less human fashion and try to pull it off mechanically. This could be like comparing Stienbeck to Hathaway. When Stienbeck wrote a novel, he tried to make the words actually take you to the setting of the book. Hathaway, on the other hand, wrote in a matter-of-fact type of style, perfering to keep his work just as skin and bones. It’s the fundamental difference that makes all writers unique in their own way (yes, even those people who write bad adaptions of movies). Some people may disagree with what I’m trying to say, but just look hard enough, and you’ll see the stark differences. Such differences in writing styles are what make literature such an interesting field to study.

  32. Quote #2

    Every author has their own background and their own life. No author feels what any other person feels. When a author writes a story he is writing it from his perspective and everything he sees. So maybe in his eyes the grass is green, but in another author’s the grass is yellow. One author might have a passion for something that the other doesn’t and their stories might reflect that. So if one author says the word love, the other author’s love could be completely different and have a different background. Each word is as important as the next, and each has its own connotation.

  33. Option 2 really caught my eye while reading each of these quotes.

    Every person has his or her own thoughts on different subjects. When he/she writes about a serious essay question or a thought in a journal, the words they use are going to have different meanings to themselves. The words could be simple gestures and thoughts to one person while the other person could draw these words from deepest holes in their own mind. Authors do the same thing just like any other person. Some authors use their background life stories for inspiration and some use other sources to say what they truly mean. It would almost be like giving someone a single word to react to like “pizza.” To a person that gave it a glimpse, the word would be just a word while I think of it as the first time I met my grandfather when I was very young while I was eating. The words can have a very different value in the minds of different people.

  34. “A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.” — Charles Peguy

    Every author has a diffrent view point on the same thing. Because every author is a diffrent person, they have expirenced diffrent things in life. Authors always pull from their personal expirences because it sets them apart from other writers.

    Writers don’t have to even be inspired by the same thing. Some can find inspiration in “Their overcoat pocket and some can pull it “from their guts.” It all depends on what inspires a person.

    I think the quote is also saying something about the heart of writers. Some are so passionate about it they have to pull it out from inside of them while some are lucky enough to be able to pull an idea out of thin air.

  35. Quote 3- “What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. — Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia”, Afterthoughts, 1931

    This is exactly what we’ve been looking at all year. We can all read words in a book, but it’s what the author “whispers” that really tells the story. The whispers in the book are the puzzle pieces in what the author’s words they are actually writing. There is so much behind the words in the pages that we can’t read, it’s what we have to figure out, and it’s what we have to look at twice and question. I love this quote because it’s completely true, I agree with Smith 100%. A good author’s writings are about the message he lays behind the words, and what the words mean, not just what you can read.

  36. “What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.”

    It is one thing for an author to be able to create scenery for the reader to picture in their head, but a totally different matter to create imagery AND weave messages in between the printed text. Of course, an excellent example of this concept is the work of William Golding in The Lord of the Flies. Not everyone will get what he means through his subtle hints and the ability he possesses is also hard to emulate. I’ve written short stories as projects before and it’s no easy task to have your work sound sensible and beautiful WHILE trying to incorporate a hidden message. (The best example? The alternative ending to LOTF I’m trying to recreate for our project.) The biggest challenge to becoming a good author is this hurdle, and once an author can overcome it, they are able to really create a memorable piece for the reader.

    Something that popped into my head as I was writing this was the concept of many-a-writer in the old days of the Protestant Reformation… stuff we are learning about in AP Euro. Many people who voiced dissent about the Catholic Church were heavily persecuted. At the same time, lots of authors got away with criticisms of the church through writing… and they did so by writing messages behind the text. They whispered their messages to the educated and gave examples of it through their subtle hinting. And these writers, who sneakily weave their messages into print, truly leave us with a memorable story.

  37. Option 3 is great.

    It’s talking about how great it is when an author hides things in the text. Like in “Lord of the Flies”, the most interesting things aren’t what’s in the text, but what’s hidden under the text. That’s usually very interesting. I really enjoy when an author does that. It adds a whole another dimension to the story. You have to really be reading it to understand what’s going on and completely understand.

  38. Quote 2- “A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.”

    This quote stands out to me more than any other because, to me, it says that everyone has their own opinion on everything. Take Lord of the Flies for example. Piggy sees things much differently than Ralph. It is intriguing how true this quote is… Everyone in our world has his or her own outlook on life. Another example is with food: take a carrot for instance. If you look at a carrot, some people may want to eat it, while others may want to throw it away. Each person sees everything different from the other. That’s what makes everyone unique.

  39. “A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.” — Charles Peguy

    This quote really stood out to me, it means that someone who writes something may mean different things to different people. We all have a variety of ways of seeing things for example: looking at a cloud in the sky. One may think that its a dog, another a cat, or a bird?

    A writer may be saying something heartfelt or something that he or she has been working on for a long time. But then he who comes along and reads it may think its dumb or the best thing he has ever read. Different people have very unique and special ways of reading. I think Peguy is just trying to convey to the reader that people have different reactions to the same quote. One may think it’s an amazing quote while another could care less about it just “pull it out of his overcoat pocket”.

  40. Option 3: “What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers. — Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia”, Afterthoughts, 1931

    An author “says” things in the plot that are obvious or easy to see, but he “whispers” the hidden message in the story. An author wants the reader to analyze the story and discover what he/she is really trying to say. What the author “says” is like clues to understanding the hidden message. A good example would be Golding and Lord of the Flies. In the book, the reader realize that it’s just not boys on an island but much more. Reading a book and discovering the hidden message makes for a memorable book. I think that a book with a hidden message that is difficult to discover is an interesting book that will not be forgotten.

  41. “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” — Anais Nin

    Many people in this world are afraid to speak their minds. Some topics are very touchy and it is understandable why people do not want to discuss them. Good writers do not fear or care about what other people think about their opinions. This quote could also mean that certain people have a talent for writing. Anyone can write but few can create works that leave an impact on America or the world. The word “role” in this quote also jumps out at me because Nin makes it seem that writers have a purpose or job they must complete before their work is done.

  42. Quote #1:
    “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” — Anais Nin

    Many people deal with the problem of not being able to speak their minds but are able to speak their minds in the way of a writing. “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say” about any subject but to make a point that normally no one really thinks about until someone points it out. If a writer says what anyone can say then he is basically repeating the publics words in writing but, if he can speak in writing “what we are unable to say” then he can make an argument, which creates story. Writers jobs are to make stories out of anything they can.

    The unsaid things of life are sometimes the most interesting because it’s human law for us to be interested in the unknown. A writer can fill us in on the unknown by making an argument of what we are “unable to say”. Which creates human interest.

  43. Quote 1-“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” — Anais Nin

    This quote really stands out to me in the sense that I strongly feel this way about writing. Writing is a way for a person to spill out their heart and souls through written words that if spoken would loose there meaning. Each and every writer has a different message they are trying to achieve. The role of the writer is not to write down what every other person thinks or writes but to give a whole new meaning to particular occurrences. Writing gives writers there soul and helps them to convey to the reader the unspoken language of literature. With writing, each person interprets a sentence a little different which in turn leaves the reader with an open field to explore. Literature demolishes the boundaries for speech and allows writers to express themselves.

  44. I think the second quotation is very meaningful because of its gut and overcoat pocket comment. I think it’s talking about the difference in writers that write from their emotions and people who write with the sort of political strategy. Personally I am more the writer from emotion, which I know isn’t always the best way to write. I don’t know many people that take the political approach to writing. Most people I know are more reaction writers in a sense that they will get all worked up about something and write on it. Whenever it talks about the overcoat I think it’s saying that it’s not really what you think and it’s just what you are expected to say. I’m not quite sure which writing style is better and I’m not quite sure you can say one is better than the other.

  45. “A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.” — Charles Peguy

    I thought that this quote/passage is one of the best, funniest, and truest words that I’ve ever read. This one caught my eye the moment I read it. What it says is very true, what one person says, does, or writes is completely different then what that same person says, does, or writes. For example, What Shakespeare writes in his poetry is completely different then what Edgar Allen Poe would write in his poetry. Also, to me, this quote is saying that what someone writes from his the bottom of his heart, is different than someone writing it with no feeling in his words

  46. Option 2:
    “A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.” — Charles Peguy

    This quote show just how much of a variety there is to writing/writers in general. There’s never going to be one author who’s exactly the same as the others, although they might write in similar style, genre, etc.

    It also shows the variety of effort each writer puts into his/her work and their influences. Writing can come naturally to some people. They can just get out a sheet of paper and a pen and write a story from start to finish without having to stop and think about the next chapter or the next plot twist. For others, however, writing can be a struggle. It only comes to them with days, months, even years of thought and dedication. However, what all writers have in common is their dedication to their work.

  47. quote 3

    This quote to me really is a reaction to the ‘fame’ that writing can bring you. And although this quote was written a long time ago, every famous author or writer has to agree with it.

    Under pressure, people either tend to freeze up or, say something extremely stupid. So what this quote means to me is that, in the spotlight people can say whatever, but you will never no what they are really about unless you are close and have the opportunity to spend quality time with the individual. Not the celebrity that everyone sees on the news.

    This quote doesn’t even apply to just celebrities, it applies to anyone who has ever been in a stressful environment. Everyone has at least once been in a position where they say I wish I could have slowed down and thought about what I just said.

  48. “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” — Anais Nin

    I really like that she points out the fine line between vomiting knowledge onto a paper and using knowledge to support a point. I think anyone can tell you that the sky is blue or why the sky is blue, but it takes a writer to tell you how the sky being blue helps you be happy. Being a writer is presenting the same ideas with new perspectives. If people only did the same thing over and over again it would get incredibly boring. Writers spice things up, recreating and renewing things to make them interesting again. Someone has always said it before you, and they have always said it better. The goal of a writer is to say things like they are the first to say them, with such insight that others are forced to cock their heads and contemplate.

  49. “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” — Anais Nin

    I think this quote is telling us that writers are people who are trying to tell to think out the box. Dont just look at the words in a book look beyond them and think about what they really mean. The author is telling you a story but they don’t want you to just read it. They want you to analyze it and tell people what you think about it. I think authors write like a puzzle so when we read it we can gather the pieces along the way and then at the end we can put them together in our own words. Speak your mind, it doesnt matter if your wrong or right. If your telling people what you think and its your outlook on the book then it must be right.

  50. These are all good quotes, but I respect the one from Anais Nin most.

    Saying something that we are unable to say is more memorable than to write something that we all can say. Writing something that we all can say is not very interesting and we will forget it because it is something we all can do and why read something that we all can say and write ourselves. Anyone who is literate can write something but how you write it is what makes the difference. If one can write something that we cannot say, then it will catch our attention thinking what a talented creative writer he/she is. Great creative writers can also put hidden messages in their writings although some people prefer writings that do not have to be decoded or anything else that requires time or thinking but rather something that they can easily understand. Despite that, writers that can write something that we can not say are well respected.

  51. I like the first one the best.

    I believe that in a writer when one has the ability to write is an amazing quality but when one can write and make a hidden message out of the writing is even more impressive. Some books i have read the author has made it so that the message of the book was not written in words but invisible on the page the reader just had to work a little bit harder to understand what the author was hinting at. I have over the last year considered journalism and writing and love reading books were there is more than one way you could take the message and understand the story.

    I will never forget one summer i was reading a book, i cant remember what book, but i went to school to talk about it and when they started talking about the meaning i was so wrong. That was because there were three ways to interpret the book and i did it the way the class didn’t so i think that are going to be authors that have that quality and it will make them very great at what they do. The ability to write a message that cant be seen but only understood is very impressive to me and probably everyone and most who notice it. I hope if i become a writer i have the ability to do something like Golding did in “Lord of the Flies.”

  52. I like the last quote. I might be completly misunderstanding it but it seems like what he is saying is that what an author really means he whispers because he doesn’t want anyone to hear. What he whispers is what he truly feels because since noone can hear him he says whatever he wants. He isn’t judged by what he whispers. So he whispers freely, however he wants.

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