In grave danger of thinking we are good enough

Jenny Diski advocates the way of the ostrich for writers — insofar as their own writing is concerned.

Turn the postman away, don’t check what people say in reviews or online about what you wrote It’s too discouraging when it seems they have read something quite different from what you have written. And even those occasions when people see exactly what you are trying to say, though wonderful, are probably not good for a writer’s view of their own ability. If we think we’re very good at what we do, we are in grave danger of thinking we are good enough. Between discouragement and complacency lies the way of the ostrich. Stick your head in the sand. Stay home and just get on.


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