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Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Benefits Of Difficulty

Marilynne Robinson to the inmates of the Newton Correctional facility: "Expect [writing] to be difficult. If you don't encounter difficulty you're probably not doing it well enough. Every writer gets discouraged and stops. You put it away and think about it."

(Her one piece of advice: Do not underestimate yourself or the reader. There's a cultural tendency to teach people to undervalue themselves.")


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