Here, the remarkable, Annie Dillard offers two more tips on the literary life.
1. Clarify your message.
2. You can write anything from anywhere.
This resonates with me because of all the noise out there.
And the fact that people are naturally drawn to clarity.
You should write what tugs at your heart.
And second, don’t let your geography limit your pen.
It seems like you are simply making another excuse.
“Write as if you were dying. At the same time, assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case. What would you begin writing if you knew you would die soon? What could you say to a dying person that would not enrage by its triviality? Write about winter in the summer. Describe Norway as Ibsen did, from a desk in Italy; describe Dublin as James Joyce did, from a desk in Paris. Willa Cather wrote her prairie novels in New York City; Mark Twain wrote Huckleberry Finn in Hartford, Connecticut. Recently, scholars learned that Walt Whitman rarely left his room.”
–Annie Dillard, The Writing Life