Sunday, April 29, 2012

It's spring--I think

After a crazy week that included eighty-degree heat, a visit to Dr. Seuss's garden, classes on the craft and business of writing at the New England SCBWI spring conference, a visit with family, mountain hikes in both sunshine and snow (yes, snow), and a stint at the Albany Book Festival, I'm back online. My trusty work-in-progress manuscript accompanied me through all my recent adventures--from the summery to the wintry--providing its own special complications and joys.

On this Sunday when I'm reentering the atmosphere of my ordinary life, I thought I'd share this quote, which has been appropriate to so many stages of my journey:

"All the good things that have happened to me in the last several years have come, without exception, from a willingness to change, to risk the unknown, to do the very thing I feared most. Every poem, every page of fiction I have written has been written with anxiety, occasionally panic, and always with uncertainty about its reception. ... I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me. I have accepted fear as a part of life, specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown."

-- Erica Jong, "Blood and Guts: A Woman Writer in the Late Twentieth Century," from What Do Women Want?

And for some thoughts on spring as related to the writing life, here's my post at YA Outside the Lines on "Spring, romantic (or not)."

4 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fun week! I need to go to a book festival or conference (I miss them). And great quote!

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    1. Thanks!
      Writers' conferences often provide me with that jolt of energy, in addition to useful information.

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  2. What an amazing quote, Jennifer, thank you. I've been panicking lately as I write, and this helps me deal with that fear just a bit better. I am happy to see you back. :)

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. Every writer's desk should probably have a panic button nearby!

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