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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Today's Quote

In whittling away my stacks of papers, I skimmed through the March/April 2007 issue of Poets & Writers. In it is an excerpt from Walter Mosley's new book, This Year You Write Your Novel. (I love to read books on how to write. It's so much easier than writing! And in the excerpt is a warning against procrastination, which is exactly what reading writing-advice books is.)

Anyway, here's the final paragraph of the excerpt, which is true for any type of writing:
The process of writing a novel is like a journey by boat. You have to continually set yourself on course. If you get distracted or allow yourself to drift you will never make it to the destination. It's not like highly defined train tracks or a highway: this is a path that you are creating, discovering. The journey is your narrative. Keep to it and there will be a tale told.


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