Archive for December 29th, 2010
I’m not a huge fan of Family Guy, but this is still a video I try to watch every year or so, just to keep things in perspective. Happy New Year!
If you have taken the time to learn to write beautiful, rock-firm sentences, if you have mastered evocation of the vivid and continuous dream, if you are generous enough in your personal character to treat imaginary characters and readers fairly, if you have held onto your childhood virtues and have not settled for literary standards much lower than those of the fiction you admire, then the novel you write will eventually be, after the necessary labor of repeated revisions, a novel to be proud of, one that almost certainly someone, sooner or later, will be glad to publish.
—John Gardner, On Becoming a Novelist