People Who Have Changed My Life: Part 2: My Dad

Here’s the second in a series of posts about people who have changed my life. This one is about my dad, a California Scene painter, and his influence on me as an artist, so I posted it first to my neglected art blog, Notes from a Virtual Easel. The link is below. I mention it here because writing is an art, too, and many of the same attitudes and disciplines apply.

Notes from a Virtual Easel.

Write for the Joy of It

Sometimes, I catch myself saying, “tomorrow I have to write.”

Of course this is not true. The world will not fall to bits if I do not write tomorrow. If I do not finish my current novel, nobody will ever know but me, and the friends I have told.  Even they will not miss it. They have their own.

I do not have to write tomorrow, but if I do, I will experience a kind of joy I cannot find any other way.

I am a writer, and though it can sometimes be hard to start, I love writing. It brings me joy.

This passage is quoted in the britelites blog.

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.
By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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