Monday, February 26, 2007

Anxiety as Muse

Kenneth Atchity on anxiety and writing:

Anxiety is the enemy only at the beginning of your career. If you challenge the creative stress of anxiety on a routine basis, you turn it into a helpmate. Productive elation, initiated and shaped by your own will, becomes, side by side with time, your most faithful collaborator. You make your own pressures, and suddenly anxiety is now a blessed spirit rather than a destructive fury: You’ve transformed it into your onboard Muse.

From Kenneth Atchity, A Writer’s Time: Making the Time to Write (1995).

4 comments:

LK said...

Kate, you've got to stop quoting these great books! I'm going broke! :)

Heart_Man said...

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Graceanne said...

There's a great article in Salon about fear of writing and being published. You should check it out!

Anne said...

I'm so glad you found this book and found it useful. It really helped me through my dissertation& I'm surprised to see it so seldom mentioned....

...back to work...