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Writers on Writing: What It Takes to Write

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“Finding the courage to write does not involve erasing or “conquering” one’s fears. Working writers aren’t those who have eliminated their anxiety. They are the ones who keep scribbling while their heart races and their stomach churns.”

— Ralph Keyes

 

“To write takes dreaming and remembering and thinking and imagining — and very often what feels like wasting time. It takes silence and solitude. It takes being okay with making a huge mess and not knowing what you’re doing. Then it takes rewriting and struggling to find your story and the truth of the story, and then the meaning of the story. It takes being comfortable with your own doubts and fears and questions. And there’s just no fast and easy way around it.”

Barbara Abercrombie

 

“Know that it is good to work. Work with love and think of liking it when you do it. It is easy and interesting. It is a privilege. There is nothing hard about it but your anxious vanity and fear of failure.”

— Brenda Ueland

 

So let’s pick up the pen, and kick some ass. Write down who you were, who you are, and what you remember

— Natalie Goldberg
Photo credit: N06/4709767362″>the writer in sepia via photopin (license)

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