A writer’s job is many things. It’s to tell stories. To document. To provoke. And like art, a writer’s job is never done; it’s only abandoned.
This morning I came across the quote below and it really seemed to resonate with me. In fact, I could still feel it tugging at me by the end of the day. Worthy of a yellow post-it note on my desk. And now a blog post to you fellow friends and restless writers:
“A writer’s job is to imagine everything so personally that the fiction is as vivid as memories.” ~ John Irving
That’s good stuff, Mr. John.
2 responses to “A Writer’s Job”
Witness testimony is a form of fiction – a rendition of what happened relative to personal perception and ideals. It can neither be relied upon nor trusted.
The writer of fiction takes on the unnatural task of creating the details of moments and simultaneously forming memories of them as both the character and the witness. Now, that takes talent to do well and properly.
Thank you for your comment! Absolutely. Our fiction writers of today must ooze talent to provide testimony on, well, life—-be it factual and/or perceptual.