as writers it’s all a gift, all grist for the mill …

Unknown-2“A writer – and, I believe, generally all persons – must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.” Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian poet, short-story writer, essayist and translator, Twenty-Four Conversations with Borges: Interviews with Roberto Alifano, 1981-1983

3 thoughts on “as writers it’s all a gift, all grist for the mill …

  1. I have so many life stories and I struggle with how much to tell because the telling implicates others. I feel a strong tugging inside to write stories that touch others – I know I would be able to do it well. I just don’t want to hurt others along the way.

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