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Amber Paulen

Doris Lessing on Writing

In my new writing room I have shelf over my desk where I’ve put poetry and books related to writing. I just picked up Putting the Questions Differently, interviews with Doris Lessing from 1964 to 1994, again and immediately read this:

You should write, first of all, to please yourself. You shouldn’t care a damn about anybody else at all. But writing can’t be a way of life; the important part of writing is living. You have to live in such a way that your writing emerges from it. This is hard to describe. —Doris Lessing in Putting the Questions Differently

There is a no-nonsense way about Doris Lessing’s words, which makes me believe everything she writes.


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