the only reason to write is for love

penStumbling upon HBO’s “Six by Sondheim” , I heard this and was entranced:

I learned the only reason to write is for love. Failure taught me you write out of passion. ~Stephen Sondheim

Searching the net I found more here in this article.  Quoting from it:

Sondheim said he also learned an important lesson from his biggest failure, the 1965 musical “Do I Hear a Waltz?”

“We did it out of expediency and to make money,” Sondheim said. “It was easy to write but had no passion and no blood. There was no reason for it to be. I learned the only reason to write is for love. Failure taught me you write out of passion.”

Reflecting on this:

What motivates you?

Where is your passion?

Creative Action

Quoting Leonard Cohen from the book Songwriters on Songwriting by Paul Zollo

Before I can discard the verse, I have to write it… I can’t discard a verse before it is written because it is the writing of the verse that produces whatever delights or interests or facets that are going to catch the light. The cutting of the gem has to be finished before you can see whether it shines.

The website Brain Pickings reviewed Songwriters on Songwriting as
“[An] excellent and extensive treasure trove…[The] insights on songwriting extend to the broader realm of creative work in a multitude of disciplines…A magnificent read in its hefty totality.”

Read more here.