Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Writer's Island

Jennifer Crusie, who couldn't write badly if she set her considerable mind to it, put together a nifty article for the last issue of RWA's organizational mag. She talked about what sustains writers through the long, uncertainties of the business.
Rats with an island, she called it.

Seems they took two groups of rats and stuck 'em in the drink. One group had an island in the tank, hidden an inch under. The other group didn't. Once the rats had experienced that, they were dunked in a tank with no island.

The rats who'd found an island last time kept swimming and swimming and swimming ....

That, says Crusie, is what writers have to be ... rats with a conviction that somewhere, somehow, there's solid ground underfoot. Any time now. Soon. Just a little further.

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