Thursday, December 18, 2008

Dreaming and Doing

From the book I'm reading, Coromandel!:

The trouble is that those who dream, don't do, and those who do, don't dream... Love, war, peace, the beauties of repose -- it's always the same! Passionate love lyrics are written by nervous little fellows who've crawled home every blameless night to their shrewish wives.

Applying this to writing, do you think it's true? Do you think it would be good for all writers to go and experience their subject before being allowed to write about it? Or do you think outside perspective is valuable?

If you had to choose one or the other, which would it be?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is that why you chose to live and study in the South before you wrote a book on poor grammar?

Sharon said...

Poor grammar is a nationwide thing, not just in the South. I chose to live here because I was born in AL and we have a top-30 law school.

Anonymous said...

you mean Tier III

Susan said...

I can't stand people who use poor grammar either. Second and third only to poor grammar is poor spelling and lousy writing. I think before anyone writes anything, they should have some knowledge of the subject - or shut up about it, right?

Susan
http://www.raisin-toast.com

Anonymous said...

I think before anyone writes anything, HE should have some knowledge of the subject.

Hate the grammar, not the person.

patrique said...

As a writer, I feel artificial if I write about something I've never experienced. Then I'm basing whatever I'm writing about on an unobtainable ideal and fantasy rather than reality.