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Quote of the Day: “If you have to be sure don’t write.”

I was in the library today, reading poetry . . .

—————-. . . when I was supposed to be writing prose.

I found a poem called “Berryman,” by W.S. Merwin.

Here’s the last seven lines . . .

I asked how can you ever be sure

that what you write is really

any good at all and he said you can’t

you can’t you can never be sure

you die without knowing

whether anything you wrote was any good

if you have to be sure don’t write

J. K. Rowling: Quote of the Day

Raymond Carver: Quote of the Day

In this age of desperate self-promotion, of tweets and status updates and high-cost book trailers, of authors being told, over and over again, about the importance of having a web presence, and — God help me, I’ve heard this — “the value of leveraging the media for maximum impact” — I am comforted by this quote, from one of the masters.

“Writers will be judged by what they write.”Raymond Carver.

Taken from a terrific interview from the Paris Review, conducted by my most respected pal, Lewis Buzbee, with Mona Simpson.