Friday, December 7, 2007

On writing

"In the back of my mind I always know very well what I am, namely a small, small writer. I swear I know. But it doesn't much matter... I prefer to think no one has ever been quite like me, however small, however flea-like or mosquito-like a writer I may be. What matters is having the conviction that it truly is a craft, a profession, something to follow for the rest of one's life...

"The daily ups and downs of our life, the daily ups and downs we witness in others' lives, all that we read and see and think and discuss feeds its hunger, and it grows within us. It is a craft that thrives on terrible things too; it feeds on the best and the worst in our life, our evil feelings and our good feelings course through its blood. It feeds on us, and it thrives."

Natalia Ginzburg