Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Merton on Writing

If you only write for yourself you can read what you yourself have written and after ten minutes you will be so disgusted you will wish that you were dead.

New Seeds of Contemplation p.111

5 comments:

Grandmère Mimi said...

Merton be right. Not for his writing, but for mine when I read what I have written.

Crimson Rambler said...

Succinct!

Jane R said...

Why I keep lovin' Merton.

pj said...

Just imagine how you feel when twenty other people have read whatever it is, and marked it up with their brilliant workshop comments.

It does thicken up your skin, though...

johnieb said...

I used to hang out with folks in the Creative Writing program at the University of Arkansas; I know, at least second-hand, what it's like to watch fifteen jealous people grind yer baby's bones to make their bread; it's one reason I've steered away from such programs. :-)

Thanks for the nice comment on the "Peas" paragraph in the other post.