Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Quote of the Week: Susan Orlean

“Being a writer requires an awkward balance of utter confidence and abject insecurity. Both necessary, neither sufficient.” -- Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief, The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup)

Interestingly enough, this quote came to me via Twitter, as retweeted by the fabulous Sandra Gulland. It wouldn’t fit as a retweet and it was, in any case, just too great a quote to be lost in the sludge of the Twitter timeline.

This captures precisely what I’ve often tried to articulate in many more words: Close the door. Shut off the other voices. Listen to your heart. And write.

And write.

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