The writing life doesn’t just happen when I sit at the writing desk…

“For me, the writing life doesn’t just happen when I sit at the writing desk. It is a life lived with a centering principle, and mine is this: that I will pay close attention to this world I find myself in. ‘My heart keeps open house,’ was the way the poet Theodore Roethke put it in a poem. And rendering in language what one sees through the opened windows and doors of that house is a way of bearing witness to the mystery of what it is to be alive in this world.”

—Julia Alvarez

 

4 Replies to “The writing life doesn’t just happen when I sit at the writing desk…”

  1. True for everything we do, it has to be done with intention…not that I do this all the time. I don’t, but it’s a goal.

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