Make Things Possible
I am home with a sick kid today, like most of the rest of North America, it seems. If you are home, too, or avoiding your writing, or waiting for a phone call, here’s a beautifully written, evocative essay that I found on the Editorial Ass(istant) website. The essay is by Alexander Chee, about his studies with Annie Dillard. Here’s my favorite part, Annie speaking:
Don’t worry about being original… Yes, everything’s been written, but also, the thing you want to write, before you wrote it, was impossible to write. Otherwise it would already exist. You writing it makes it possible.
I did not study with Annie Dillard, although I read her voraciously when I was at graduate school, flailing about for what it was I was “meant” to write. I had decided creative nonfiction about the Texas Hill Country was what I was meant to write for my thesis, at the very least, and found much to learn from in her work.
To all my writer friends: Go and make things possible today!