"Fiction is the purest art. Commercial fiction is the butter, the darkest chocolate, and the finest malt. That's why we are so addicted to it."--Angie Brooksby-Arcangioli
I saw this last night when he posted it to Twitter. FANTASTIC! I'm glad you're getting it out there.
Thanks. I've been feeling pretty small.
I read that last night, and it made me all teary. Sean is right, and wise, and I retweeted it. Because, like you said, as a writer -- some days, you so need to read just that. I needed to read it last night, that's for sure. Thanks for sharing it, Janet.
I needed this so much. I just signed with an agent and am in the middle of rewrites, feeling very small. Thank you. Now I will be like Piglet. I might tremble at the task in front of me, but I'll do it anyway!
take a deep breath and realize that you've stepped out of every fearful moment a writer endures and stepped into the knowledge that you did that Noble Thing.This is my new mantra that Sean wrote I needed this, to affirm as writers/authors we all endure these moments even writers like myself unagented/nor published we are all connected by these experiences.
Thank you. The next time I am feeling small, I shall try to remember I'm attempting a Noble Thing.
So glad you posted the link to this. I'm sending it on to a few of my fellow writers. I've tried encouraging them lately, but this should help them (and me) far more!Sometimes it's hard to stay hopeful about one's writing, especially during the first drafting of something. I just went through this with my novel for NaNoWriMo, for I realized about halfway through that it had huge holes and some other significant problems. But I kept going, incessantly reminding my left brain that it could put its oar in AFTER I finished the draft (and not until then). Thanks for this!
As someone who feels small quite frequently, I loved this post.I would also recommend (not sure of the netiquette of posting links to other blogs in a blog comment so I understand if my comment isn't posted) this unusually warm and fuzzy post by The Rejectionist. http://www.therejectionist.com/2011/06/todays-exercise-in-self-soothing.htmlIt's another one worth bookmarking to pull out during those dark times. Bonus: it will also make you laugh.
You'll need this: maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life.
Beautiful. Just found this, years later, and it's perfect. Thanks.
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