Welcome to the final day of my 3 Day Quote Challenge which I’m thrilled to take part in following the kind nomination by Laura at .

To the challenge…The rules are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote on 3 consecutive days.
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day

As a writer, I wanted to finish this challenge with a quotation about the craft. The elegant and eloquent truth of the following quote struck me like an epiphany when I came across it a couple of years ago and I am sure it will resonate with most poets and writers. Having read her words I instantly noted it down in my journal and it is one I often come back.

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img_2650The writer of the quotation is fellow writer and blogger Adrienne Rich who blogs at Adrienne is a writer of historical family sagas about the Weldon and Crenshaw families of Gilded Age Englewood, New Jersey and she ‘first fell in love with family sagas watching family drama at the many funerals’ of her youth. Her blog is  ‘to celebrate who we all are, past and present, flawed and sublime.’

My 3 nominees for day # of this challenge are:


66 thoughts on “THE 3 DAY QUOTE CHALLENGE #3

  1. Beautiful quote that applies to writers as well as poets. The silence can …. silence us … before we put pen to paper. And then, we move the pen through the silence to find our voice – and the voice of others whispering through our writing fingers.

    1. Pam, your beautiful comment has given me another quote to save – wonderfully poetically crafted and I have goosebumps with the light beauty of ‘the voice of others whispering through our writing fingers.’ So true … an ethereal sensation at times. hugs, my friend xx

    1. Tina, I agree and I’ve read this many times and my mind still becomes absorbed with the concept, deep in thought … probably trying to break the silence with something profoundly! Hugs, my friend xxx ❤️

    1. There is always that terrifying pause before marking that first blank page, almost a physical stepping back … will it be good enough … will it make a difference … so many questions! This quote encapsulates all writers’ fears, thoughts…thank you so much for your lovely and thoughtful comments, Sue … they brighten my day and touch my heart. Xx ❤️

      1. I love the blank page.. The best thing I do Annika is not thinking at all about what will be written upon it.. I just close my eyes and begin..
        And I am never disappointed by what flows through my Pen..
        I think when we get in the ‘Flow’, I am sure your Son will tell you, Music just comes.. So does the words.. And it is all part of being in that zone.. Allowing Intuition and our guts to guide us..
        Love and Happy Writing!.. ❤

    1. Thank you so much, Julie – I appreciate it was a lot of posts in only a few days!😀 I think the quote voices the experience of most writers but one we don’t often share with others! Definitely one to keep … I’d saved a few paragraphs before this quote but didn’t post them as I wanted to be short (for once!) It reads powerfully on its own, I found. Have a lovely week too. Here wintry rain, sleet and windy with temperatures plummeting to 39 degrees Fahrenheit … brrr & grrr!

  2. Mike

    I’ve really enjoyed your quotations over your last three posts Annika -and it’s been an interesting journey. Despite my best efforts I can’t quite decide which is my most favourite quote of the three but I must admit that the one that amused me most was an additional one you put in your first post – “Rules and I don’t always mix well”
    Oh yes – and I enjoyed the pictures and video clips too.


    1. Thank you so much for following me on this journey – as you eloquently describe these three posts! 😀 Haha! I’m smiling that you recall my words from my first post – for matters of safety etc I’m a stickler for rules, otherwise, I often see them as an optional extra! 😃

    1. Adrienne writes wonderfully and with such eloquence and depth – lovely to come across another devoted follower! I don’t remember the actual post this was taken from, but it’s a quote I often come back to … and keep at the back of my mind when starting a new piece.

    1. Thank you so much for thinking of me for this challenge and I’ve had a wonderful time taking part! This is a quote over which I’ve often pondered … glad to share it here! 😀

  3. What a wonderful quote that surely resonates with all of us, Annika. And thank you for introducing Adrienne, as well. I didn’t realize my blog was listed, either, until after a double take. 🙂 I’ve truly enjoyed your three posts, but then again, I know I’ll never be disappointed after visiting your blog.
    Thanks so much for including me…I’m not sure if there’s a time frame on following through, though. I’d like to do this, but I need some time to think about some profound quotes. If that’s alright, then count me in. Thanks again, and have a great weekend! 💕🌼

    1. Lauren, bless you for your kind words about my blog … I feel likewise when visiting your blog!❤️ The quote I felt speaks for all writers and poets, that tunnel of silence, the fear before breaking it. The questions are valid for any writing and always kept in my mind. Adrienne has a varied and interesting blog and I am sure you will enjoy it very much.

      Haha! I can just imagine your double-take 😀 I would love to see your series of quotes and I’m sure there isn’t a time frame. I had a set of quotes that I was keen to share so wrote them immediately but others I’ve nominated here will be doing it in a month or two or three…I’ll look out for yours and can’t wait!

      Wishing you a lovely week ahead … here it is wintry, rainy, windy and only 39 degrees Fahrenheit – grr! Still, all cosy and warm inside, working away! 🌸🌼

      1. Thanks for the flexibility, Annika. I have a poem to post today probably, then I’m swamped this week with other “life” tasks. 🙂 I have quotes written down, but I’ll have to review and see what I’d like to share. Oh, wow, more wintry weather for you. Well, it’s sunny, but cool here, too, so we’re hovering in the middle. Stay warm and cozy and enjoy your day! Hugs!

    1. I came across this quote a while ago on her blog and it was part of a longer piece of writing but for once I thought I’d try to stick to an actual quote!! 😀 Her blog is wonderful, varied, always thoughtful and thought-provoking. By their very nature, there has to been an opposite and equal to various elements … it’s breaking the silence that can be terrifying, always wondering what new wisdom one’s voice can bring…

    1. Exactly … the answer will vary from writer to writer … it leaves one pondering before starting the actual act of writing! Happy to share here! Have a good week! 😀🌼

  4. Hi Annika. Today’s quote is a good one. Just about all of us can relate, I’m sure. For the last week I’ve been trying to get some story ideas to come together in the silence of my mind — it’s been a tough process!

    Take care.

    1. Amazing how that silence can be so deafening it drowns out everything else. It is tough to break at time … does going on your walks help inspiration? Sometimes I find all I need is a first sentence. I wish you luck with your story ideas, Neil!

    1. 😀😀 … maybe I should be quiet a bit?!😀😀 I love to write, always have something to say and it is a bit of a joke in our house that I don’t just sign the birthday cards … they often carry a long missive!

  5. Adrienne’s words hit me like an arrow…and I am absolutely in concurrence with her view that a silence within flows through our words. People may call it creativity but it creates itself. May I add there are emotions attached to the voice that finds a channel of freedom.
    Thank you sharing such a profound quotation Annika. I am feeling enriched as my thoughts sing with these words of wisdom. Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. Balroop, thank you so much for sharing your deep thoughts here … as with all your writing it’s written in the most poetic of ways! 😀 This quote has been with me a while now and one I return to, finding deeper understanding of my writing. I’m touched by your comment of ‘my thoughts sing with these words for wisdom’. Also, I feel a moment of clarity as your write of emotions finding their way to freedom through the voice…lots to ponder. Hope you’re having a beautiful week filled with joy, writing and wisdom! ❤️

  6. I was totally distracted by Becky’s tweet that she was meeting you today. I didn’t get back to the blog till half hour ago, (after a jaunt this morning and then watching Rafa 🙂 ) and now you two lovely ladies will have met. It’s a pleasure to be part of the blogging world with both of you.

    1. Jo, thank you for your lovely message … but there must have been some confusion! I don’t know a Becky … although I feel I’d like her! I’m intrigued now… it’s s pleasure knowing you here on WP, Jo and who knows, maybe we will get to meet up one day! Rafa?? New to me! Xx

          1. No need to apologise … I totally understand! Just glad it’s all sorted and your friends had a chance to meet up. Also I got a chance to visit another blogger online – I like the look of Anabel’s blog. Have a Happy Week – a wintry-feel to the last day of April!

  7. A fabulous quote to end the challenge Annika. Thank you for the tag. I have already been nominated and will post in a few weeks as I have posts already scheduled. I will do the post as a joint tag… 🌼🌼🌼

    1. Thank you so much, Brigid – the natural and perfect end for this series fo three I felt!

      I’m so glad you are taking part in the challenge and am not at all surprised you’d already been tagged! 😀 Take your time (you’re so organised with scheduled posts, I’m impressed!!) and I look forward to reading your selection of quotes. Thank you for doing it as a joint tag. Wishing you a lovely week ahead … warmer days ahead they say! Fingers crossed. xx

    1. Thank you so much, Jill … all three quotes came to me immediately and this one was perfect for the last one, I felt too. Adrienne has a gift for writing, a fascinating blog and lovely friend…I’m not surprised you know her too.

      Wishing you a wonderful week … we are in the midst of a wintry cold rainy day! Staying inside, all snug and cosy, wrapped up in blanket by my computer, sipping ginger tea! hugs ❤️🌻

    1. Thank you so much, Jan! ❤️ I’m so happy you enjoyed all three posts and realise it was a lot close together! On being challenged for this series I knew I wanted this quote to finish them all – it just felt right …as you say bringing it back full circle. Thank you. hugs xx

  8. How perfect to choose Adrienne Morris as one of your nominees. Her blog is an amalgam of American history and figures and her own writing. This particular quote is worth re-reading – it suggests why we are compelled to write and why it’s so hard to make each stroke. Thanks for a fun 3 day challenge, Annika.

    1. Shari, thank you so much for reading and commenting these past three days – it’s a lot at one time! 😀

      As soon as I was challenged I knew this would be my last quote – going back to the art of writing. I agree with your observation about her words … also there is a fear of breaking that silence, will it be worthy, have anything new to say, will our voice be any different, more unique than anything else available. I think everyone will have different answers to the two questions she raises and that the responses also will change from time to time for all of us. Thank you for summing up her blog so well, an amalgam is the perfect word for the various elements!

  9. Thank you Annika for this series of quotes and wonderful posts.
    How better to finish it than with a quotation that points to where our poems, stories, books,
    should come from. From this deep silence, from the heart.
    I understand that you saved Adreinne’s quote and will do so myself.

    Your three postings have all been so enriching.

    1. Miriam, thank you so much for your kind comment and my heart is smiling that you’ve found this series of posts enriching – that is uplifting! 😀

      As a poet, I am sure this quotation resonated particularly with you and is definitely worthy to save. It raises two deeply pertinent questions to consider before starting off on a new piece. Warmest thanks for reading and all your support! hugs xx❤️

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