Carry on anyway

January 3rd, 2014

“Every time I have set out to translate the book (or story, or hopelessly long essay) that exists in such brilliant detail on the big screen on my limbic system onto a piece of paper (which, let’s face it, was once a towering tree crowned with leaves and a home to birds), I grieve for my own lack of talent and intelligence. Every. Single. Time. Were I smarter, more gifted, I could pin down a closer facsimile of the wonders I see. I believe that, more than anything else, this grief of constantly having to face down our own inadequacies is what keeps people from being writers. Forgiveness, therefore, is key. I can’t write the book I want to write, but I can and will write the book I am capable of writing.” – Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life

“Our poems can never satisfy us, since they are at best a diminished echo of a song that maybe once or twice in a lifetime we’ve heard and keep trying to recall.” – Stanley Kunitz, The Collected Poems

And yet I keep at it. One day, one line, one word if only for a second it will be like clear water. Like Schwarzeis. Just once, I will be transparent, and the thing on the page will be the thing in my head.


2 Responses to “Carry on anyway”

  1. Tim on January 3, 2014 5:29 pm

    The act of “keeping at it” will continue to “exercise your brain muscle” and get you closer with ever attempt. While you may not allow yourself to ever be satisfied, don’t deny yourself the accomplishments of getting one step closer with every attempt.

  2. Jennifer on January 4, 2014 4:40 pm

    Hey, Tim, good to “see you.” It’s been a bummer year, writing-wise, so I’m going back to some basics. The most basic basic being: write it, even if it’s crap.

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