“Store it like a genie in tense, tiny black symbols on a calm white page.”

“Writing is…. being able to take something whole and fiercely alive that exists inside you in some unknowable combination of thought, feeling, physicality, and spirit, and to then store it like a genie in tense, tiny black symbols on a calm white page.   If the wrong reader comes across the words, they will remain just words. But for the right readers, your vision blooms off the page and is absorbed into their minds like smoke, where it will re-form, whole and alive, fully adapted to its new environment.”

— Mary Gaitskill

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Photo credit: By David Shankbone (David Shankbone) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

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One thought on ““Store it like a genie in tense, tiny black symbols on a calm white page.”

  1. anathetwo says:

    So beautifully put. What a delight to pen down one’s thoughts.

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