"Immersion in the life of the world, a willingness to be inhabited by and to speak for others, including those beyond the realm of the human, these are the practices not just of the bodhisattva but of the writer." --Jane Hirshfield

Sunday, August 26, 2007

"A Novel Should Extend Sympathy"

"Many writers are sad, bookish people who are comfortable writing." Joyce Carol Oates at The Independent.

Well, bookish naturally. I don't know too many writers who are particularly sad. About average in happiness, moody, cranky, angry, misanthropic, but sad? Doesn't come to mind right away, unless it's sad to be indoors at the computer on a lovely late summer evening. Anybody?

4 comments:

SB said...

Cranky, sometimes. Despairing of what passes for entertainment, usually. It's not limited to writers, tho.

Zen of Writing said...

I can be cranky...just not a morning person. I'm better after a cup of coffee.

Raspberry said...

I find that my moodiness helps my creativity. How can I write cranky characters if I've never been cranky?

Raspberry said...

I find that my moodiness helps my creativity. How can I write a cranky character if I've never been cranky?