Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday Quote: On the Difficulties of Finding Time to Write

To every writer who has ever published a book, there comes eventually that amusing though irritating moment when someone says pensively, "I have always thought that I could write a book -- if only I had time."

I have never been able to decide whether the subtle implication is that only those with an unfair amount of time at their disposal ever reach the point of seeing themselves in print, or whether it is a delicate way of saying that in order to write a book one must have neglected more pressing duties.

Ida Cook
from We Followed Our Stars


  1. Both. People think creativity is a luxury, so both answers seem like truth!

  2. I'm so looking forward to reading Safe Passage, which is what they are re-releasing We Followed Our Stars as. I was initially disappointed that my library didn't have it but then I realized it meant I could buy it (and sure, I may have thrown another book or two on to the order...).


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