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Apr 11 2014
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Annie Dillard on the Writing Life

In this series we’re looking at a few inspiring quotations taken from Annie Dillard’s marvelous book, The Writing Life. “It should surprise no one that the life of the writer–such as it is–is colorless to the point of sensory deprivation. Many writers do little else but sit in small rooms recalling the real world. This explains why so many books describe the author’s childhood. A writer’s childhood may well have been the occasion of his…

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Apr 04 2014
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Annie Dillard on the Writing Life

In this series we’re looking at a few inspiring quotations taken from Annie Dillard’s marvelous book, The Writing Life. “There is neither a proportional relationship, nor an inverse one, between a writer’s estimation of a work in progress & its actual quality. The feeling that the work is magnificent, & the feeling that it is abominable, are both mosquitoes to be repelled, ignored, or killed, but not indulged.”

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Mar 28 2014
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Annie Dillard on the Writing Life

In this series we’re looking at a few inspiring quotations taken from Annie Dillard’s marvelous book, The Writing Life. “A work in progress quickly becomes feral. It reverts to a wild state overnight. It is barely domesticated, a mustang on which you one day fastened a halter, but which now you cannot catch. It is a lion you cage in your study. As the work grows, it gets harder to control; it is a lion…

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Mar 21 2014
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Annie Dillard on the Writing Life

In this series we’re looking at a few inspiring quotations taken from Annie Dillard’s marvelous book, The Writing Life. “Out of a human population on earth of four and a half billion, perhaps twenty people can write a book in a year. Some people lift cars, too. Some people enter week-long sled-dog races, go over Niagara Falls in a barrel, fly planes through the Arc de Triomphe. Some people feel no pain in childbirth. Some…

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Mar 14 2014
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Annie Dillard on the Writing Life

In this series we’re looking at a few inspiring quotations taken from Annie Dillard’s marvelous book, The Writing Life. “A schedule defends from chaos and whim. A net for catching days.”

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Mar 07 2014
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Annie Dillard on the Writing Life

In this series we’re looking at a few inspiring quotations taken from Annie Dillard’s marvelous book, The Writing Life. “Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed? Can the writer isolate and vivify all in experience that most deeply engages our intellects and our hearts? Can the writer renew our hope for literary forms? Why are we reading if not in hope that the…

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Feb 28 2014
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Annie Dillard on The Writing Life

In this series we’re looking at a few inspiring quotations taken from Annie Dillard’s marvelous book, The Writing Life. “One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for…

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