Monday, May 18, 2009

It's Monday and it's time for...Borrowed Words


Last week I posted words about readers. Today I am posting about writers and artists in genereal. We all know that writing is a true art, just like music or painting. it takes a great talent to create a great novel. To illustrate how great a talent it takes I give you words borrowed from Honore de Balzac:


"The man who can but sketch his purpose beforehand in words is regarded as a wonder, and every artist and writer possesses that faculty. But gestation, fruition, the laborious rearing of the offspring, putting it to bed every night full fed with milk, embracing it anew every morning with the inexhaustible affection of a mother's heart, licking it clean, dressing it a hundred times in the richest garb only to be instantly destroyed; then never to be cast down at the convulsions of this headlong life till the living masterpiece is perfected which in sculpture speaks to every eye, in literature to every intellect, in painting to every memory, in music to every heart! --this is the task of execution. The hand must be ready at every moment to work in obedience to the mind. "