On Words, Writing, And Life: What’s In YOUR Inkpot?

by Alicia Sparks on March 9, 2011

This post is part of the Words Matter 2011 Blog Challenge sponsored by the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

Day 3 Blog Challenge Question:

What is your favorite quote about words? Why?

This was a close race. There are many quotes about words, quotes about writing, and quotes by writers in general that I’ve collected over the years for various reasons.

But, I think the following quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson crossed the finish line just a smidge before the others:

I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I am not afraid of falling into my inkpot.

I think this is both a quote about words and a quote about writing, but beyond that, it’s a quote about life. For me, anyway.

I chose this quote because not only does it reflect my own writing style (especially fiction), but it reflects my tastes when it comes to other interests, including music, films, photography, and certain philosophies.

It’s not just a quote about words, but also a quote about what one can do with words.

Don’t get me wrong: I like happy things. I like bright and shiny. I just like dark and unpolished, too. There’s a certain truthful beauty and lessons to be found in that which isn’t sparkling and blissful. Even that which borders, or spirals into, macabre.

Just ask Kate Chopin. Edgar Allan Poe. Stephen King. Charles Dickens. H.P. Lovecraft.

Talk about dipping into the blackest ink!

Miss the first two blog challenge questions? Check out Choosing The Words That Change Our Lives and When Fiction Meets Nonfiction: Wise Words From Albus Dumbledore.

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