Posted on Sep 16, 2015. See more in Encouragement

This from an email Elizabeth Berg sent writer Donald Murray.  I came across it while reading  My Twice-Lived Life. I discovered Donald Murray late in my writing life. What a gift he was and is to the to all of us who love pen and page and word. Another one of those quotes I like to keep near on my desktop…

I believe writing feeds on itself, grows on itself, grows like a pregnancy.  The more you write, the more there is to draw from; the more you say, the more there is to say.  The deeper you go into your imagination, the richer that reservoir becomes.  You do not run out of material by using all that’s in you; rather when you take everything that is available one day, it only makes room for new things to appear the next…You don’t need to know a whole book in order to write the first page.  You don’t eve need to know the end of the first page.  You need only the desire to create something that will say what you feel needs to be said, however vague its form at the beginning.  You need a willingness to discover the wealth and wisdom of your own subconscious and to trust that it will tell you what to do and how to do it – not allot once, but as needed, step by step.  You have to take a deep breath, let go of your usual control, and then begin walking in the dark. (from My Twice-Lived Life  p.33-34)