Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Quote of the Day

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But I would say to never force yourself to write anything. Once you do that you begin to think, “Well, I might as well force myself to write something and make a little money out of it.” And then you are sunk—you are gone, you have stopped being a writer. You must be an amateur writer always.

William Faulkner, in Faulkner at West Point

Written by nevalalee

April 21, 2011 at 7:33 am

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  1. But his advice has merit in terms of allowing things to come through you…magic.

    Nothing can be accomplished through will alone.

    You can hold the place for it…but it comes when it wants.

    I have learned that so strongly I pretty much have a PhD in “Want Not”…


    April 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

  2. It’s also worth noting that Faulkner didn’t always take his own advice. (Although maybe it’s the sort of advice that you can only give after you’ve come out the other side.)


    April 21, 2011 at 10:26 am

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