Friday, June 20, 2008

Margot Livesey on writing

"Read everything that is good for the good of your soul. Then, learn to read as a writer, to search out that hidden machinery, which it is the business of art to conceal and the business of the apprentice to comprehend. Read work that is less than good, work in progress, to see that machinery more clearly. Learn to read your own work as if it were that of another. Admit your own judgments. We know our own strengths and weaknesses, even when we strive not to."

from Margot Livesey's essay "The Hidden Machinery" in The Eleventh Draft: Craft and the Writing Life from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, edited by Frank Conroy.

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