Where writers get their ideas – John Gardner QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

“…this is the clay the artist must shape into an object worthy of our attention; that is, our tears, our laughter, our thought.” John Gardner was a great inspiration to me when I began writing seriously…thank you for a great post, Bridget Whelan!

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Out of the artist’s imagination, as out of nature’s inexhaustible well, pours one thing after another. The artist composes, writes, or paints just as he dreams, seizing whatever swims close to the net. This shimmering mess of loves and hates — fishing trips taken long ago with Uncle Ralph, a 1940 green Chevrolet, a war, a vague sense of what makes a novel, a symphony, a photograph — this is the clay the artist must shape into an object worthy of our attention; that is, our tears, our laughter, our thought.”

John Gardner

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