Making Writing lecture

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When the Conscious Listens to the Unconscious workshop lecture (2013):

“When you write, you lay out a line of words. The line of words is a miner’s pick, a wood-carver’s gouge, a surgeon’s probe. You wield it, and it digs a path you follow. Soon you find yourself deep in new territory. Is it a dead end, or have you located the real subject? You will know tomorrow, or this time next year.”

Annie Dillard, The Writing Life. New York: HarperPerennial, 1989: 3.