“…Storytellers are a lot like athletes. A great athlete makes everything look easy, as though his body just naturally moved that way. But in fact, he has so mastered the techniques of his sport that his technique has simply disappeared from view, and the audience sees only beauty.” ~from The Anatomy of Story by John Truby
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No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop
“The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can’t help it.” ~Leo Rosten
Talent is the least important thing about a writer, compared to a love of books, which must be deep and abiding.
The only thing a writer really needs is perversity of spirit, the emotional equivalent of a cartoon character’s bouncy springiness, so that after being run over or blown up—or, in the case of the writer, rejected, then rejected some more—the writer is irrationally unfazed by even the most valid criticism and continues with the work of being a writer, magically unharmed.
~Rufi Thorpe on what it takes to be a writer (Poets & Writers, Sept/Oct 2014)