Day 83 – Happiness is … wielding a pen


“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of  The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.” ― Dorothy Parker

I attended the Surrey International Writer’s Conference two years ago and heard history.

“Sons of Gondor! Of Rohan! My brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of Men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the Age of Men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!”

Ok…that’s not the speech I heard. You can hear what I heard here… “This Day We Write!” (Start listening at 1:25)

This Day We Write

I returned this year and found a cult of ‘This Day We Write’ paraphernalia and I wondered… Is the pen mightier than the sword?…

“He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing, He does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing spear and lance.  In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground. He cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.” Job 39:22

A writer needs to write… he wakes in a frenzy tormented by sheathed words, quill & ink flashing across the white space of his imagination, and yet afraid to eat up the page… afraid that what he has to say has already been said.

History is never written, but rewritten, yet only originality makes history. Few can pull it off. Less try.

But then the muse calls and history leaves no choices.

When greatness is outclassed, when impossible reveals itself a fraud, when the world shifts to make room, time must pause, demanding the rest of us stand aside in silence.

History runs through the story that cannot be stilled; the writer reworking a finite combination of  letters in a way that the world will recognize when it sees them for the first time. Few can pull it off. But we try.

Because when the audacity of succeeding rattles against his consciousness, the writer sits still, and the pen is mightier than the fear.


So…it has come to this !

History once rode the wings of a big red horse who could not stand still when the trumpets sounded. A reworked  Aragorn speech may not be as audacious as Secretariat winning the Belmont Stakes but it was pretty cool in my writing world.

PS ~ Cloud Atlas … an impossible storyline. Go see it 🙂

Rating:  Writing day (10 out of 10)

  • Itchy feet – 5 out of 5 (love stepping into a world where I feel like a writer)
  • Twitch – one day I’ll write about it
  • Happy hour –  5 out of 5 (love writing. hate writing. period. )

What the heck does all that mean, you ask? Read Itchy Feet Explained.

Tomorrow: Buy a Poppy.  Use the calendar to view my happiness tasks for each day along with a brief description of the task and why I chose it. Go back to see Day 84…


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