Swarm and Spark Archives - The Millions

January 10, 2017

A Writing Life Without Lies 7

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What you describe is what all art is: a radical act of faith. And faith always involves risk. But perhaps that’s why we invented art: to give ourselves something so beautiful that it not only inspires faith — but sustains it.

October 13, 2016

Brother, Sister, Mother, Father, Where Art Thou? 1

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Ultimately, the point of getting feedback is to test new work against the sensibility of people we trust, even — no, especially — when their responses are challenging or unexpected.

September 12, 2016

Will Writing a Novel Jeopardize My Mental Health? 4

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Whether apprentice or expert, a writer must find a way to outwit the superego’s goal of paralysis — to unhand it of its main tool, a prism that makes one’s efforts look paltry, often in direct relation to one’s reverence for the greats.