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Quote of the Week~January 27th 2012~www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com

“The writer writes in order to teach himself, to understand himself, to satisfy himself; the publishing of his ideas, though it brings gratification, is a curious anticlimax.”

~ Alfred Kazin

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1 thought on “Quote of the Week~January 27th 2012~www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com”

  1. Agree and disagree. A writer doesn’t write in a vacuum. He/she writes to communicate. The irony is no one can really understand another’s experience. He/she thinks they can explain it so it can be understood. But in some way, that communication fails and the writing must then, if it is published, be let to the winds to come what may. Great writers convince others more so that they too, share the same experiences…that is the talent and craft at work. The irony is that the craft is so subtle that the reader identifies completely…but the craft has as an artifice, convinced and persuaded that the experience is shared…but it is never so. It is craft, it is words strung together with emotion and feeling and life, but it is not life. The reader is convinced and puts his own life in it.

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