how to stay (un)safe as a writer

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I think this says it all.
There are a lot of ways to stay safe as a writer: by not writing, by writing to no one, by writing to a single admirer, by challenging the judgment of those with the power to judge, by not putting much effort into your work. "It's hard," Zink writes in "The Wallcreeper," trying to defend your territory and advertise your presence and keep out of predators' line of sight."

—Kathryn Schulz, "Outside In," The New Yorker, May 18, 2015 edition, in a story about the writer Nell Zink


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