The link between praying and writing

When acclaimed South African novelist and Nobel Prize winner JM Coetzee was asked about the writing process, he compared it to the effort of praying.

“In both cases it’s hard to say to whom one’s discourse is directed. You have to subject yourself to the blankness of the page and you wait patiently to hear whether the blankness answers you. Sometimes it does not and then you despair.”

JM Coetzee

Of course, some writers believe the blank page is non-existent. They suggest that one should write poorly until they produce something of substance. Better yet, consider the work philosophy of Vincent Van Vough: “Just slap anything on when you see a blank canvas staring you in the face like some imbecile.”



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