Magic In Both Worlds

“Writers live in two worlds—the real world of friends and family and the imaginary world of their writing. If you were to measure the difference in time spent between the two, I suspect you would find it quite small… Each is compelling in its own way and each makes its demands on a writer’s time. But a writer can’t ever leave either for very long.”  – Terry Brooks

From Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life by Terry Brooks.  I read this book in high school, and it had a profound effect on my own writing life.  It was encouraging to see that there were other people like me; people who– as Brooks puts it– are “not all here” because part of them is always “over there.”  Writers are strange.  And don’t try to fight it; it only makes you look desperate.  – CB


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