A Novel by JOHN GRABOWSKI

How does one know?

Tough day at the office.

There are writers who fear they haven’t reached the depths with their subjects, that they have no new insights to offer, but in fact they have. They are just perfectionists.

There are many writers who fear they haven’t reached the depths with their subjects, that they have no new insights to offer, that their writing lacks depth—and they’re right.

How does one know which category one falls into?

That’s the single biggest obstacle when returning to the keyboard. For me, at least.

How does one know?

(P.S.: I am not cheered by a blog I stumbled across today that starts out, “You know what makes a good writer? Learning to write really, really good.” I kid you not.)spacer1

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One response

  1. The older I get and the longer I write, the more I know that I don’t know anything. Sometimes putting words on the page requires blind faith that you have something to say.

    On good days, I know I have a certain amount of depth. I’ve been introspective and seeking knowledge most of my life. Also, I’ve been writing long enough (15 years) that I have a certain level of skill that allows me to transfer that depth to the page and see my experience shine through. But “struggle” seems to be the nature of the beast.

    Like

    December 7, 2009 at 7:27 am

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