Thanks to a tweet from Jay Rosen, I found myself skimming The Columbia Book of Quotations. This quote jumped out at me…I think if I limit myself to the first two commands, that will be sufficient for now AND eternity.
Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. (Revelation 1:19)
The first two parts–write therefore the things that you have seen and those that are–provide a nice direction for non-fiction writers (ahem, bloggers). For fiction writers, the whole quote applies.
This may replace my favorite quote of all time–Ben Franklin’s one appearing below–since you can’t argue with a Biblical mandate, even if taken out of context (what bible quote ISN’T taken out of context these days? (smile)).
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
As I get older and have less time due to other responsibilities, I find that the “do something worth writing” becomes more of “support others” in doing something worth writing about. Since I have always seen my writing as that of a poor hack, lacking the luster of poets (my standard is Alexander Pope) and more insightful essayists, I can only aspire write something worth reading.
Of course, write the things you have seen and those that are…well, I figure I can do that! Could this be also a commandment for plurking or twittering? That “those that are” part implies obtaining a clear perception of what is, the absolute truth of a thing. Again, perfect for blogging. . .and let the chips fall where they may.
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