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Fear of Writing
Thomas Jerome Baker
Once in a lifetime, we all want to be extraordinary. We want to be brilliant beyond our wildest dreams. Most writers I have come to know have given me the privilege of understanding that well-hidden desire to be fantastic, to be phenomenal, to be rich and famous.
More often than not, however, for 99% of writers, it never happens. In the end, that's OK, because we learn that it's important to write the kinds of things that make us happy. Consequently, whether we have a million readers, or fewer than a hundred, it doesn't matter.
Now, for that other 1%, they have really got a problem on their hands. I'm serious. They have got to deal with success. Dealing with success ultimately means writing another book. That's frightening.
Jacques Derrida said: "Actually, when I write, there is a feeling of necessity, of something that is stronger than myself, that demands that I must write as I write.
I have never renounced anything that I've written because I've been afraid of certain consequences. Nothing intimidates me when I write. I say what I think must be said." ~ Jacques Derrida
For me, writing is for me an act of inspiration that is magical. Thirst and hunger fade away as the words find their place in my remembrance of you.
- Publication Date:
- Mar 06 2012
- 1470187868 / 9781470187866
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Full Color
- Related Categories:
- Language Arts & Disciplines / Composition & Creative Writing