Sunday Morning Quote:The Royal Path


I get pretty peevish when I hear some pundit-writer holding forth on How to Do It (with the implication that if one is only smart enough to follow his/her recipe, one is certain to achieve dazzling successes). So the next time you read or listen to such a guru, remember this:

There is no royal path to good writing; and such paths as exist do not lead through neat critical gardens, various as they are, but through the jungles of self, the world, and of craft.
~ Jessamyn West


Feel free to select tools from anybody's bag of tricks until you find the right machete to cut your own path through the wilds.

Comments

Elen Grey said…
Machete! That's just the writer's tool I need right now. Thank you. You're the best. ;-)

Love the quote.
Thanks, Elen. After rewriting the same darned chapter three times, I feel as if I found the write machete today, too. :)
Suzan Harden said…
LOL - And no one hacks through the same jungle either. Sometimes you need a machete, sometimes you need a Brush Hog.

Great analogy, Colleen!

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