Yearn

We yearn the most for what we have lost, for what we cannot have, for what can never be. But there can be silver linings to our yearnings. We might discover something we love or want even more than what we originally desired. And, then, this: out of yearning, great stories are born. 


"I love those who yearn for the impossible." 
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


What do you yearn for? 
What story can you tell about it?


"Art comes from the place where you dream." 
-Robert Olen Butler
interview with Robert Olen Butler
Writing about yearning in fiction
Robert Olen Butler & short fiction
Longing writing prompt
From fear to yearning writer's prompt
An ancestral yearning: why writers love the ocean
Yearning for transcendence
Books about yearning
Yearning and writing inspiration
Harness the yearning


"If you don't die of thirst, there are blessings in the desert. You can be pulled into limitlessness, which we all yearn for, or you can do the beauty of minutiae, the scrimshaw of tiny and precise. The sky is your ocean, and the crystal silence will uplift you like great gospel music, or Neil Young." -Anne Lamott

“I’m wearying to escape into that glorious world, and to be always there: not seeing it dimly through tears, and yearning for it through the walls of an aching heart: but really with it, and in it." -Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

"What interests me is whatever it is that allows the heart to continue to yearn for something the intelligence knows is impossible to have: a lost love, a shelter from life's blows, the return of a time past, even a connection to the dead." 
-Alice McDermott
Image by Enrique Meseguer from Pixabay 
girl looks at universe
Image by Comfreak from Pixabay 
book landscape nature
Image by Pexels from Pixabay 
desert


Comments

  1. Oh, we chose the same word and a similar theme again. :)

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  2. I yearn to travel to see the world, I year to read a lot, meet a lot of people and click beautiful pictures to relive those moments and celebrate life:)

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  3. Beautiful quotes, I enjoyed the post by Nothing in the rulebook, "why writers love the ocean".

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  4. Love the Lamott quote, and I think she's right. While I don't want yearning to be what consumes me, I am grateful that it's an invitation to step into more.

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