Writing is a humbling occupation – Paul Auster Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)
Each book is a new book. I’ve never written it before and I have to teach myself how to write it as I go along. The fact that I’ve written books in the past seems to play no part in it. I always feel like a beginner and I’m continually running into the same difficulties, the same blocks, the same despairs. You make so many mistakes as a writer, cross out so many bad sentences and ideas, discard so many worthless pages, that finally what you learn is how stupid you are. It’s a humbling occupation.
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How very true!
“…and finally you learn how stupid you are.” Yep, Paul Auster has nailed it.
Paul Auster is fantastic. I love his work, which often includes struggles about the writing process. Fiction worth reading over and over again… Vx