Strikethrough the Old and Write in the New


It’s that time again when we look forward and consider what the new year will bring. 

As writers, we scribble in journals our thoughts of the past year and our plans for the next. Maybe, one day, our words will join these written by famous authors.

The essayist, Hamilton Wright Mabie, writes: 

“New Year’s Eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.”

and T.S. Eliot adds:

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”

then American author, Hal Borland disagrees with Eliot:

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”

and poet Edith Lovejoy Pierce says, simply:

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”


Readers, what are your thoughts about the new year? What will you write in your journals this week?

None of us know what 2015 will hold for us as writers, but let’s resolve to approach the new year one day at a time, to give it our best, and to live and grow in our craft.


“This bright new year is given me

To live each day with zest

To daily grow and try to be

My highest and my best!”

– William Arthur Ward,


Thank you for supporting the blog this year! I wish you all health, happiness and good writing in the new year.

I’ll see you back here in 2015.


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One response to “Strikethrough the Old and Write in the New

  1. klelange

    I think this is a wonderful approach – one day at a time. It’s sort of like walking; we only get somewhere when we place one foot in front of the other and move forward. Thanks for the inspiration, Jean. Happy New Year! 🙂

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