Monday, June 6, 2011

listen to me

It was not in my nature to be an assertive person. I was used to looking to others for guidance, for influence, sometimes for the most basic cues of life. And yet writing stories is one of the most assertive things a person can do. Fiction is an act of willfulness, a deliberate effort to reconceive, to rearrange, to reconstitute nothing short of reality itself. Even among the most reluctant and doubtful of writers, this willfulness must emerge. Being a writer means taking the leap from listening to saying, “Listen to me.”

-Jhumpa Lahiri, in Trading Stories, published on The New Yorker website; bold mine

(And of the bolded sections I'd argue the same is true for any act of creating...)

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