"[Keats] aspired to what he called Negative Capability, when one is 'capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after facts and reason.' At the end of this day, that’s my takeaway. Facts and reasons can change. Capable, a...
“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”
“Writing novels is much the same. You gather up bones and make your gate, but no matter how wonderful the gate might be, that alone doesn’t make it a living breathing novel. A story is not something of this world. A real story requires a kind of magical baptism to link the world on this side with the world on the other side.” – Haruki Murakami
The writer’s business is to find the shape in unruly life and to serve her story. Not, you may note, to serve her family, or to serve the truth, but to serve the story.
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.
If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.