Mary as a model for writing, and living

Intriguing words from the writer Madeline L’Engle:

What would have happened to Mary (and to all the rest of us) if she had said No to the angel?  She was free to do so.  But she said Yes.  She was obedient, and the artist, too, must be obedient to the command of the work, knowing that this involves long hours of research, of throwing out a month’s work, of going back to the beginning, or, sometimes, scrapping the whole thing.  The artist, like Mary, is free to say No.  When a shoddy novel is published the writer is rejecting the obedient response, taking the easy way out. But when the words mean even more than the writer knew they meant, then the writer has been listening.  And sometimes when we listen, we are led into places we do not expect, into adventures we do not always understand.

— Excerpt from Madeline L’Engle: Herself

P.S.  Just in time for the Feast of the Assumption, Amazon has posted the “Look Inside this Book” feature for Mary and Me.  Have you read it yet?  No?  Take a peek!

6 responses to “Mary as a model for writing, and living

  1. As someone who has not been writing very much lately – sometimes out of a good necessity for quiet and other times… well, that is the no, I needed to see this. Thank you Ginny!

  2. Well – grace of all graces… I actually wrote something today and thanks in a great part to you and your post today! And to Mary!

  3. Fran recommended I come here: Beautiful, thank you! Now I must check your book on Mary 🙂

  4. Hi Fran — yay! Madeline L’Engle and Mary are the best muse there is. 🙂

    Claire, welcome! I hope you enjoy the book.

  5. Never thought about a connection between Mary and writing – intriguing! Thanks for sharing. Btw have you ever heard Patty Griffin’s song “Mary”? I just stumbled across it on Pandora this week – gorgeous!

  6. Laura, thanks for the rec. — I will check into the song! (maybe it’s on YouTube somewhere….)