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Thursday, 12 June 2014

WRITERS ON WRITING #49: JB Priestley


Perhaps, as I have already suggested, it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must be one –– then, I say, write.  You feel dull, you have a headache, nobody loves you –– write.  It all seems hopeless, that famous 'inspiration' will not come –– write.  If you are a great genius, you will make your own rules; but if you are not –– and the odds are heavily against it –– go to your desk, no matter how high or low your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper –– write.  Sooner or later, the goddess will recognise in this a devotional act, worthy of benison and grace.  But if what I am saying seems nonsense, do not attempt to write for a living.  Try elsewhere, making sure the position carries a pension.

Margin Released (1962)


 

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