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Posted on Nov 6, 2007 in Blog, Writing | 3 comments

Annie Dillard

So, a friend of mine dropped this on my desk yesterday, a quote from Annie Dillard:

There is neither a proportional relationship, nor an inverse one, between a writer’s estimation of a a work in progress and its actual quality. The feeling that the work is magnificent, and the feeling that it is abominable, are both mosquitoes to be repelled, ignored, or killed, but not entertained.


  1. Amen to that, brother!

    Reminds me of what your friend had written over his desk: THIS IS THE WORST NOVEL EVER WRITTEN!

    I’ll remember this as I continue to edit my novel that I also want to burn.

    Hope all is well in House Bacigalupi. BTW, do you have a relative named John who writes for Tapeop magazine?

  2. And the follow up was:

    …but that doesn’t mean it’s not going to get finished.

  3. WORD UP!!!

    In fact, I will now stop surfing, feeling sorry for myself and go back to revising my book.