Mojo Monday: I Came to Live Out Loud

It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge you into writerhead.

Today, one of my two favorite quotes:


“If you ask me what I came to do this in this world,

I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”

~Emile Zola


Last week, the marvelous writer Tayari Jones (whose new novel Silver Sparrow is in bookstores now) wrote a blog entry at She Writes called “Your Life, Your Rules, Your Values, Your Success,” in which she tells the story about how she figured out how to have the literary life she wanted. (If you haven’t read it, get your buns over to She Writes and do so.)

Her post got me thinking about my own literary life. Which in turn got me thinking about my two favorite quotes. Which became my two favorite quotes not only because they remind me of who I am and what I want to be as a writer in this world, but because they speak so directly to my soul that every time I read them, I stand straighter, connect more deeply with my purpose, and celebrate an uncontrollable urge to holler things like “Boo ya!” and “Hot damn!” and “Kick ass!”

So, writers, go spend a few minutes connecting with my favorite quote (or your own). Give a couple of hearty “Boo ya!”s. And then as always:

Get thee to writerhead.


Q4U Writers / Thinkers / Artists / Creators of Beautiful Things: What’s your favorite quote? The one that centers you, moves you into (or at least in the direction of) writerhead, reminds you of your artistic intention? The one that inspires you to yell “Boo ya!” on a crowded train?