Thursday, June 19, 2008

Quote of the Day

"To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk."
-Thomas Edison

Edison held 1,093 patents by the time he died, so I figure he must know what he's talking about.  As writers, we often feel like what we've got in our heads is Grandma's Attic - full of all kinds of junk, most of it worthless and weird (six bins of rubber bands, anyone?), but with the occasional priceless diamond ring hidden deep in a corner.  

What Edison reminds us is that the quality of the junk isn't nearly as important as what you do with it.  With the right bit of imagination, a little ingenuity, and some hard work, even the strangest pile of junk can be made beautiful.

Happy writing, everyone!

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