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Six Impossible Things

March 6, 2010

One of my very favorite quotes (recently reaffirmed by a viewing of Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, which makes cheeky reference to it) is Lewis Carroll’s “Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” I’m not sure there’s a better way to describe what writers do–after all, don’t we spend the majority of our time inventing people and events that don’t exist? And when I think of writing as believing in impossible things, the thought of sitting down at the keyboard every day doesn’t seem like work. It seems like glorious, imaginative play.

Which is what it should be, right? There are, of course, the days of organization–of outlines and research and editing and other such activities that may strike some of us as more obligatory than exciting. But on the whole, how lucky are writers, to have constant access to fantasy realms? (Because even those writing realistic fiction aren’t unshakably connected to “the real world”–they’re still slipping off into their own versions of the world.) When I view writing through this lens, it seems impossible (ha) that putting my fingers to the keys has ever felt like drudgery. Well, consider me reminded–writing is fun, gosh darn it!

One Comment leave one →
  1. jschancellor permalink
    March 18, 2010 4:52 pm

    Where’d you go??

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