The Writing Life

Your freedom as a writer is … life at its most free if you are fortunate enough to be able to try it, because you select your materials, invent your task, and pace yourself.  In the democracies, you may even write and publish anything you please … even if what you write is demonstrably false.

The obverse of this freedom, of course, is that your work is so meaningless, so fully for yourself alone, and so worthless to the world, that no one except you cares whether you do it well, or ever. 

Annie Dillard 

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