Sunday Quotes: The Writer’s Business

Have you picked up on the fact that I’m growing to be increasingly fascinated with Flannery O’Connor?

No? Oh, well…let me help you. Also, I can’t help but wonder if O’Connor was meditating on the Parable of the Talents as she penned these words:

“The fact is that anybody who has survived his childhood  has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days. If you can’t make something out of a little experience, you probably won’t be able to make it out of a lot. The writer’s business is to contemplate experience, not be merged in it.”

-Flannery O’Connor; The Nature & Aim of Fiction

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One thought on “Sunday Quotes: The Writer’s Business

  1. I love Flannery. This quote reminds me of a more pragmatic one by Willa Cather: “Most of the material a writer works with is acquired by the age of 15” (or something along those lines).

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