Monday, August 31, 2009

Self-Doubt, Again

“In the writing game, your chief opponent is not the critics you will face, your friends, publisher, or even the limited time you can give to your typewriter. Unfortunately, it is you, yourself--your own sometimes reluctant imagination, your inevitable questioning of the value of time spent, or , too often, a lack of confidence that you will be successful in communicating to a reader all that is in your mind.” -- Hallie Burnett in On Writing the Short Story.

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed the quotes come from sources discussing various forms of writing. Today’s quote is from a book on writing short stories, but the advice certainly applies no matter the kind of writing one does. Writing is writing, and serious authors can learn something from any craft book, regardless of the topic or type of writing being discussed. Having said that, I found today's source a bit tedious to read, but am glad I stuck with it just to find today's entry.

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