Writer’s Quote Wednesday // E.B. White

Hello, hello, and welcome to the middle of the week, dear readers. If you are feeling a little run down or if Friday is feeling a little too far away, I encourage you to check out Writer’s Quote Wednesday, a weekly event hosted by Colleen of Silver Threading and Ronovan of Ronovan Writes. My contribution this week is from the American author, essayist, and poet, E.B. White.

ebwhite-pink1Elwyn Brooks “E. B.” White was born on July 11th, 1899 in Mount Vernon, New York. Growing up Elwyn’s older brother Stanley Hart White, known as Stan, a professor of Landscape Architecture and inventor of the Vertical Garden, was influential as a child teaching E. B. White to read and explore the natural world.

He served in the army before going to college. White graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1921. He picked up the nickname “Andy” at Cornell University, where tradition confers that moniker on any male student surnamed White, after Cornell co-founder Andrew Dickson White.

Five or six years after graduating he joined the staff of The New Yorker magazine.

White is best known as the author of such beloved children’s classics as Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan.  He authored over seventeen books of prose and poetry and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1973.

Mr. White has won countless awards, including the 1971 National Medal for Literature and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, which commended him for making “a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.”

White always said that he found writing difficult and bad for one’s disposition.

White died on October 1, 1985, suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, at his farm home in North Brooklin, Maine. He is buried in the Brooklin Cemetery beside his wife Katharine, who died in 1977.

“I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all.”

// E.B. White

I wish people knew how hard it is to be a writer/blogger. It’s not so easy as typing words and hitting “publish”. It’s a lot of work coming up with ideas, typing and editing and hoping you are saying the thing you mean to say. It’s hard to stop when you know it could always be better. It is hard to share it when you know you have nowhere near the talent of others doing better than you. It is hard to put yourself out there like that.

I feel like I should be getting pats on the back and congratulations wherever I go. I am being brave all the time and no one even notices and I can’t tell them how brave I am being because that would be bragging.

It might sound a little egotistical but I think what I am doing is pretty awesome. Not because I am any good but simply because I am trying to make something of myself and leave my mark on the world. I think everyone who is doing that is pretty damn awesome and I want to make more of an effort to show interest in the creative people around me.

I think we all should because we all know how hard it is and we all wish we got more recognition for it. Pat a writer on the back, congratulate an artist on drawing something, tell a musician you think they’re awesome, ask a crafter for a few tips. Acknowledge the people who are being brave every day because they get discouraged and feel stupid sometimes. They need to know they are doing something good and important. They need to be seen and acknowledged.

We all do.


Biographical information via Wikipedia and Goodreads

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