Keep Your Head Down
“Mr. Clancy said none of his success came easily, and he would remind aspiring writers of that when he spoke to them.
“‘I tell them you learn to write the same way you learn to play golf,’ he once said. ‘You do it, and keep doing it until you get it right. A lot of people think something mystical happens to you, that maybe the muse kisses you on the ear. But writing isn’t divinely inspired — it’s hard work.’”
—Tom Clancy (1947-2013), blockbuster novelist, died Wednesday. (NYTimes obit by Julie Bowman) (Thanks to alert WORDster Mark Larson)
• Editorial Comment: Damn. I’ve been waiting for a muse kiss since 1964.
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