On Writing

On Writing: Inspiration from Other Authors

I really enjoy this quote by Doris Lessing.

‘Without me the literary industry would not exist: the publishers, the agents, the sub-agents, the sub-sub agents, the accountants, the libel lawyers, the departments of literature, the professors, the theses, the books of criticism, the reviewers, the book pages – all this vast and proliferating edifice is because of this small, patronised, put-down and underpaid person.’

I also found this video inspirational. Lessing was “ambushed” by reporters outside of her home after news was released of her winning the Nobel prize. It was obvious that she had gone to market and did not expect strangers to be waiting right outside her door. They pester her with questions, but she does not give them much satisfaction:

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