A friend of mine who writes history books said to me that he thought that the two creatures most to be pitied were the spider and the novelist — their lives hanging by a thread spun out of their own guts. But in some ways I think writers of fiction are the creatures most to be envied, because who else besides the spider is allowed to take that fragile thread and weave it into a pattern? What a gift of grace to be able to take the chaos from within and from it to create some semblance of order.
-Katherine Paterson, A SENSE OF WONDER: ON READING AND WRITING BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
Augusta Scattergood says
Thanks for this. Now I’m inspired. Well, at least inspired to think about Katherine Paterson and to link back to your post.
A great quote — and I happen to be reading The Annotated Charlotte’s Web at the moment!
Melissa Sarno says
Oh, I love this. I’m having a tough time drafting. A great reminder of what a privilege it can be to be able to spin a story.