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Quote: What Would You Write?

February 7, 2010

Another random writing quote this week to round out your weekend.

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood.  I’d type a little faster.

~ Isaac Asimov

You may have heard of Mr. Asimov, robot-story-writer extraordinaire, and originator of the “Three Laws of Robotics“, who wrote the short story collection on which the movie “I, Robot” was (loosely) based.  He also wrote a number of books called the “Foundation” books which, buzz has it, are being made into movies. 

I thought this quote was a fun commentary on the writer’s inherent existential purpose: to write.  If you had six minutes to live, what would you write?

Happy writing.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 7, 2010 8:31 am

    Excellent question.
    I would write about the things for which I’m grateful. I’d write my obituary because it’s the last written send off. I’d thank my husband and my kids for making my world a better place while I was there and I’d let them know I believe although my life was over, I’d still be with them. I’d want the last things I write to be the best things.
    Cheers, Sweetman

    • February 8, 2010 10:38 am

      Wow, that’s a great answer. I have to agree, at the end of the day, the most important thing left is my family, and letting them know I love them is the most fitting of last words – written or otherwise. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. February 7, 2010 9:13 pm

    Six, five, four, three, two, one……

    Dr. B

    • February 8, 2010 10:43 am

      Now that’s a cheeky response! In keeping with the cheeky nature of the original quote, to be sure! Thanks for stopping by!

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