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" But precisely because it is a way of life, not just a job, the writing life can be difficult to combine with other lives that require that same kind of passion and commitment — the teaching life, the family life, the parenting life, and so on. And since we writers tend to be intense people, what- ever other lives we combine with our writing life, we will want to live them intensely, too. "
Mar 29, 2012 11:08PM
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"“At the moment we are drawn into language, we are as intensely alive as we can be; we create and are created,” N. Scott Momaday, the Native American author, claims in his book The Man Made of Words."
Mar 30, 2012 12:00AM
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As Flannery O’Connor at- tested: “Every morning between 9 and 12, I go to my room and sit before a piece of paper. Many times, I just sit for three hours with no ideas coming to me. But I know one thing: if an idea does come between 9 and 12, I am there ready for it.”
Mar 29, 2012 11:44PM
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andrea is on page 290 of 300
"“Poetry is a way of thinking with one’s feelings,” Elizabeth Bishop wrote in a letter to May Swenson, and certainly writing seems to integrate parts of me that are usually at odds. As I write, I feel unaccountably whole; I disappear! That is the irony of this self-absorbed profession: the goal finally is to vanish."
Mar 29, 2012 11:39PM
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andrea is on page 286 of 300
"I consider this early-morning reading time a combina- tion of pleasure-reading time, when I read the works and au- thors I most love, and finger-exercise reading time, when I am tuning my own voice to the music of the English language as played by its best writers. That is why I avoid spending my early-morning reading time on magazines and fast-read books and how-to books and newspapers,..." --great advice.
Mar 29, 2012 11:29PM
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" I don’t always know where I am headed in my writing at the end of the workday, but after I run, I usually have one or two good ideas. Running helps me work out glitches in my writing and gives me all kinds of unexpected insights." -- reminds me of biking on the towpath.
Mar 29, 2012 11:27PM
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andrea is on page 282 of 300
"And if we are committed to our writing, even if there are what seem impossibly long periods in which we have to put the writing aside in a concerted, fo- cused way while we get our moneymaking careers started or while we raise our very young children, the way we lead our lives can make them lives-in-waiting to be writing lives."
Mar 29, 2012 11:10PM
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andrea
andrea is on page 281 of 300
"I keep juggling, picking up one life and another and another, putting aside the writing from time to time. We only have one life, after all, and we have got to live so many lives with it. (Another reason why the writing life ap- peals so much is that you can be, at least on paper, all those selves whose lives you can’t possibly live out in the one life you’ve got.)"
Mar 29, 2012 11:09PM
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andrea is on page 278 of 300
"We need to tell, and we also want to know (don’t we?) the secret heart of each other’s lives. Why are we so ashamed of this? Perhaps that is why we love good novels and poems — because we can enter, without shame or without encounter- ing defensiveness or embarrassment, the intimate lives of other people."
Mar 29, 2012 10:03PM
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andrea
andrea is on page 278 of 300
"The telling of the story decreases our sense of isolation."
Mar 29, 2012 10:02PM
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andrea is on page 276 of 300
"But so much does depend on seeing a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild- flower. Maybe we are here only to say: house, bridge, as- pergill, gingham, calico, gauze. “But to say them,” as Rilke said, “remember oh, to say them in a way that the things themselves never dreamed of existing so intensely.”
Mar 29, 2012 10:00PM
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