When you write, you lay out a line of words. The line of words is a miner’s pick, a woodcarver’s gouge, a surgeon’s probe. You wield it, and it digs a path you follow. Soon you find yourself deep in new territory. Is it a dead end, or have you located the real subject? You will know tomorrow, or this time next year.
17 thoughts on “from The Writing Life by Annie Dillard”
I do not write … but … let’s see …. I hope not at a dead end.
We all sometimes follow a path we end up abandoning, but that doesn’t mean another path doesn’t open up for us to follow afterwards.
I’m glad you agree.
I’m glad you like it.
Sleep on it and next day it looks different.
That could be because we are changing, too.
…or maybe never
Sometimes that might be true.
nothing better than trying to make sense of a dead end
That is a challenge, isn’t it?
She is a wonderdul writer.
This is a wonderfully true quote – I myself take every path as far as I can just to find out what new ones might be uncovered
I agree. Writing is exploration of oneself and of the world around us.