Garrison Keillor on Writing Talent

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 in Encouragement

Garrison Keillor  – On Writing…(in an interview for Northwest Airlines Magazine) “If there is a knack, I don’t really have it.  Talent – I really don’t know what it is anymore, he says.  “But I did have perseverance, and I think that’s more important.  I did have the ability to sit in one place for a long period of time and not get bored. This is a good thing for a writer, because everything I do starts out a mess. You’d be embarrassed to have anybody look at it.  And you just have to sit with it and push it around – and...

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Virginia Woolf – Write what you wish to write…

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 in Encouragement

In her long essay  –  A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf wrote: “So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say. But to sacrifice a hair of the head of your vision, a shade of its color, in deference to some Headmaster with a silver pot in his hand or to some professor with a measuring-rod up his sleeve, is the most abject treachery, and the sacrifice of wealth and chastity, which used to be said to be the greatest of human disasters,...

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José Saramago – Why we write …

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 in Encouragement

Says the narrator in the novel The Cave by José Saramago “Some people never get beyond reading the words on the page, they don’t understand that the words are merely stepping stones placed across a fast-flowing river, and the reason they’re there is so that we can reach the farther shore, it’s the other side that matters.”  (p.62)

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William Stafford – Be wary of pleasing editors…

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 in Encouragement

Quoting William Stafford, from a collection of interviews and thoughts – The Answers Are Inside the Mountains. “ We writers endure contradictory influences that break up our lives. On the one hand we are urged to lock ourselves onto an endeavor that is essentially frivolous – that of getting published.  There are those who ridicule us if we deviate in the smallest degree from the straight path toward pleasing an editor with our immediate writing project.  Such a goal is unworthy of our vocation.  It passes along to someone...

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