On becoming a writer

“I would wish him to enlarge his sympathies by patient and loving observation while he grows in mental power. It is in the impartial practice of life, if anywhere, that the promise of perfection for his art can be found, rather than in the absurd formulas trying to prescribe this or that particular method of technique or conception.

Let him mature the strength of his imagination amongst the things of this earth, which it is his business to cherish and know and refrain from calling down his inspiration ready-made from some heaven of perfections of which he knows nothing.”

≈Joseph Conrad≈

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