Saturday, January 4, 2014

Quote of the Day (Ann Patchett, on Writing as a Discipline)

“If you want to write and can't figure out how to do it, try this: Pick an amount of time to sit at your desk every day. Start with 20 minutes, say, and work up as quickly as possible to as much time as you can spare. Do you really want to write? Sit for two hours a day. During that time, you don't have to write, but you must stay at your desk without distraction: no phone, no Internet, no books. Sit. Still. Quietly. Do this for a week, for two weeks. Do not nap or check your e-mail. Keep on sitting for as long as you remain interested in writing. Sooner or later you will write because you will no longer be able to stand not writing—or you'll get up and turn the television on because you will no longer be able to stand all the sitting. Either way, you'll have your answer.”—Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life (2011)

In addition to being an author, Ms. Patchett is also an independent bookseller—as worthy a cause as you’ll find these days. Here is the Website for her store, Parnassus Books, for anyone who doesn’t want the world to be run by Amazon or the last remaining book superstores.

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