The Writer’s Conflict – Clash of the Quotes

The inspiration just won’t come
Surely I’m not the only one
Let’s turn to the greats for advice
There I should find something nice

A classic quote from Mr Thoreau
An essayist, poet and philosopher too
A Harvard College education
Plus much more I haven’t mentioned

So what’s his advice for me to do
“Write while the heat is in you”
My heat has cooled down indeed
Perhaps a break is what I need

But wait, a new quote, from Stephen King
A writer indeed above all things
His books are a favourite, his advice is a must
He is certainly a voice I would trust

So what’s his advice for me to do
I guess it’s something I already knew
“Just get up and go to work”
Get on with it, I think with a smirk

Fingers to keyboard I begin to type
The classic or conventional which is right
This is my creation, I’ll let you judge
But it was the King that provided me that nudge.

Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. Henry David Thoreau
Quote – Henry David Thoreau
Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. Stephen King
Quote – Stephen King

Originally written in response to Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge (#WQWWC) now hosted by Marsha Ingrao at Always Right.

I often feel the devil and angel on my shoulders when it comes to writing. I have so many ideas but when I find decent time to write, they seem to escape me, I think that’s why I would lean towards Stephen King’s advice. Which quote do you feel more connected with?



23 thoughts on “The Writer’s Conflict – Clash of the Quotes

  1. OMG, KL, this is too cute. I love how you wove the quotes right into your poem. The title is too much fun and such a pull in to read the poem. You are so talented.

    1. Thank you so much, Marsha. It wouldn’t let me comment on the page. Hopefully it will inspire others to join your great challenge. KL ❤

  2. I completely agree! We need to sit and write or whatever we want to accomplish. Keep waiting for the right moment is a failure, it never comes.

  3. Yes! Love this and so true! My family and friends get annoyed when I have a thought or inspiration because I immediately pull out my ever ready notepad or cell phone to record my thoughts. I used to put it off to be polite or because I was busy but learned early on that I’d either forget the thought or lose the inspiration. Now I just say excuse me, I’m a writer and I have to get this down before I lose it. ✒️

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