Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Neil Gaiman's The Writer's Prayer

Because I need to read this every day before I write, I've decided to post it here.  Author Neil Gaiman felt he needed a Writer's Prayer to keep him in right with his muse.  I post it here, so I'll always be able to find it.  I have included a link to a blog that has posted the MP3 of Gaiman reading the poem (way sexier than reading it here), if you want:

A Writer’s Prayer*

Oh Lord, let me not be one of those who writes too much;
who spreads himself too thinly with his words,
diluting all the things he has to say,
like butter spread too thinly over toast,
or watered milk in some worn-out hotel;
but let me write the things I have to say,
and then be silent, ’til I need to speak.

Oh Lord, let me not be one of those who writes too little;
a decade-man between each tale, or more,
where every word accrues significance
and dread replaces joy upon the page.
Perfectionists like chasing the horizon;
You kept perfection, gave the rest to us,
so let me earn the wisdom to move on.

But over and above those two mad spectres of parsimony and profligacy,
Lord, let me be brave, and let me, while I craft my tales, be wise:
let me say true things in a voice that is true,
and, with the truth in mind, let me write lies.


*Published on Gaiman'sTelling Tales, from Harper's Audio.

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