Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

The way of the writer

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Finally, the true novelist is the one who doesn’t quit. Novel-writing is not so much a profession as a yoga, or “way,” an alternative to ordinary life-in-the-world. Its benefits are quasi-religious—a changed quality of mind and heart, satisfactions no non-novelist can understand—and its rigors generally bring no profit except to the spirit. For those who are authentically called to the profession, spiritual profits are enough.

John Gardner, On Becoming a Novelist

Written by nevalalee

September 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

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