You feel dull, you have a headache, nobody loves you – write!

A fellow writer friend sent this little nugget of writerly wisdom over, and I liked it so much I thought I’d share…

“Perhaps it would be better not to be a writer, but if you must be one – then, I say, write. You feel dull, you have a headache, nobody loves you – write. It all seems hopeless, that famous “inspiration” will not come – write. If you are a great genius, you will make your own rules; but if you are not–and the odds are heavily against it – go to your desk, no matter how high or low your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper – write. Sooner or later the goddess will recognize in this a devotional act worthy of benison and grace. But if what I am trying to say seems nonsense, do not attempt to write for a living. Try elsewhere, making sure the position carries a pension.”

(Encore magazine, 1962; quoted in J. B. Priestley: Portrait of an Author by Susan Cooper. Harper & Row, 1971)

Source: About.com

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