A work in progress

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In truth, I’ve found that any day’s routine interruptions and distractions don’t much hurt a work in progress and may actually help it in some ways. It is, after all, the dab of grit that seeps into an oyster’s shell that makes the pearl, not pearl-making seminars with other oysters.

Steven King

7 thoughts on “A work in progress

  1. Anna Marie Black

    This quote reminds of early childhood development and techniques used by preschool teachers who intentionally change the intensity of the day’s activities to something cognitive, to a physical activity and again to a quieter one, By our children are we taught. I especially liked your response, Marion, about not removing yourself from “the sweetness and struggles” of your life–because they enliven your writing. Encouraging!

    1. Marion Dane Bauer Post author

      I’m with you, Deb. This is one of the most basic truths by which I have lived my writing life. I can’t go off on a retreat to write. If I remove myself from the sweetness and struggles of my life, my writing goes flat, begins to feel without consequence.


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