View Full Version : Howard Jacobson On Writing (Blog for The Independent)

08-17-2014, 08:24 PM
I just found this wonderful piece by Jacobson, particularly loved this part:

People ask writers where they get their ideas. The answer is – from the work. Start with an idea and you’re dead in the water. Inspiration doesn’t precede the work, it finds itself in it. Down you go into the deep dark tunnel which is writing, wondering when, if ever, you will find the light, and so long as you are down there, unsure, perplexed, not someone you recognise, not anyone at all, just a thing that burrows, you are happy.


08-18-2014, 09:27 AM
Repeat this quote for every post you see here where someone asks: Is this a good idea?


08-19-2014, 01:40 AM
Is it really about finding an idea to write? I always found writing more the footprint in the sand.

I prefer to admire the print, not decide where it's placed.

08-19-2014, 04:38 AM
So I'm not the only one who enters with no idea where the exit is.
Sometimes when my candle goes out it gets scary, but then I remember if I keep digging the light it bound to be found.