"I think what's rare is to have both a talent for writing and a pragmatic, stubborn sense that makes you go to the desk every day and keep doing it." Kevin Barry
I do think you need a lot of self-discipline to work in any independent job but for creative people it's probably the worst.
"We all suffer alone in the real world. True empathy's impossible. But if a piece of fiction can allow us imaginatively to identify with a character's pain, we might then also more easily conceive of others identifying with their own. This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside. It might just be that simple." David Foster Wallace
I truly believe that reading helps us empathize with others better.
"Women with clean houses do not have finished books." Joy Held
So true. Mind you, I always try to have a clean house even if not always a tidy one. I hate dirt.
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