Dani Shapiro on Writing & the Creative Life(via brainpickings.org)

Here’s what she says:

“When I wasn’t writing, I was reading. And when I wasn’t writing or reading, I was staring out the window, lost in thought. Life was elsewhere — I was sure of it—and writing was what took me there. In my notebooks, I escaped an unhappy and lonely childhood. I tried to make sense of myself. I had no intention of becoming a writer. I didn’t know that becoming a writer was possible. Still, writing was what saved me. It presented me with a window into the infinite. It allowed me to create order out of chaos.”


“The writing life requires courage, patience, persistence, empathy, openness, and the ability to deal with rejection. It requires the willingness to be alone with oneself. To be gentle with oneself. To look at the world without blinders on. To observe and withstand what one sees. To be disciplined, and at the same time, take risks. To be willing to fail — not just once, but again and again, over the course of a lifetime. “Ever tried, ever failed,” Samuel Beckett once wrote. “No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” It requires what the great editor Ted Solotoroff once called endurability.”

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The author’s desk: where I bring my experiences come to life.
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Citations from Rebecca Solnit’s book, written in my own hand.

Cited from the wonderful personal blog( as I have said so on many occasions) Brainpickings by Maria Popova:

Link to her original blogpost: Dani Shapiro on the Pleasures and Perils of Writing and the Creative Life

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Arcane Owl says:

    Really nice. Well written.

    Have a nice day!
    Arcane owl

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh, no. It’s not my original writing. These are Dani Shapiro’s words and ones I was introduced to on Maria Popova’s wonderful blog ‘Brainpickings’ as I have mentioned.

      The pictures though, are mine.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Arcane Owl says:

        Oh I see. Thanks for sharing :)

        Liked by 1 person

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