Communion Of Dreams

Nailed it.
December 3, 2014, 10:31 am
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Kent Haruf passed away over the weekend. NPR had a nice little obituary yesterday on Morning Edition, which included this clip from Haruf:

It doesn’t seem to me there’s a scarcity of talent among students who want to write. But what there is a lack of is a talent for work, that it’s so difficult to write and it takes so long to learn how to write well that most people give it up before they get good enough.

Perfect. I think that is exactly the case, and one of the reasons why any decent writing program succeeds: by making those attending it write. Then rewrite. Then write some more. And all of it for an audience.

It’s a big part of the reason I maintain this blog, and have posted more than 1700 entries. Likewise why I was happy to write for some political and culture blogs for several years. It was the reason I went through a phase of doing a couple hundred paid freelance articles. It’s a kind of apprenticeship, learning the craft and getting critical feedback.

And while I still have a hell of a lot to learn, it made me a better writer. After a couple million words, you start to get the hang of it.


Jim Downey