Words of encouragement

Lately I’ve been reading through a lot of posts by bloggers describing the process of novel writing. This one is worth attention. The author, in his day job as a waiter, had an encounter with Philip Roth, a noted and famous author, albeit one whose work I have never read. The author hands a copy of his recently published novel to Roth and…

Then Roth, who, the world would learn sixteen days later, was retiring from writing, said, in an even tone, with seeming sincerity, “Yeah, this is great. But I would quit while you’re ahead. Really, it’s an awful field. Just torture. Awful. You write and write, and you have to throw almost all of it away because it’s not any good. I would say just stop now. You don’t want to do this to yourself. That’s my advice to you.”

While ruminating, the author rebounds, concluding…

And though I have only one novel published—and experienced none of the success of Roth—I still feel strongly that the one thing a writer has above all else, the reward which is bigger than anything that may come to him after huge advances and Hollywood adaptations, is the weapon against boredom. The question of how to spend his time, what to do today, tomorrow, and during all the other pockets of time in between when some doing is required: this is not applicable to the writer.

1 Response to “Words of encouragement”


  1. John Saleeby

    The only good thing about Writing is writing.

    Izzy Stradlin got onstage and played with Guns N’ Roses in Vegas the other night. He sand lead vocals on “Fourteen Years” which is a great song. I think this performance was planned some time in advance because Izzy’s hair was as long as it was when he was still a Rock Star.

    During Izzy’s appearance Tommy Stinson wandered over to the drum kit and had a casual conversation with the Drummer while their hands continued playing. I bet Axl will be angry when he sees the video.

    That Bumblefoot guy played the guitar solo and his beard grew in tenth of an inch as his fingers moved in an impressively Slash like manner.