What does writing feel like?

Although every writer dreams of getting it right on the first pass, very few succeed.  Writing is craft and, like all craft, proceeds by stages: conception, material selection, rough shaping, detailed shaping, sanding and finishing.  (That’s for writing nonfiction, which feels like woodworking to me.  Writing fiction is more like throwing clay, and writing poetry more like watchmaking.)

— Richard Rhodes, from “Beware of that Voice in Your Head” in today’s Wall Street Journal.

By Peter

After stints as a trial lawyer and a church worker, Peter Stephens has settled in as a Virginia high school English teacher. Peter has read several books and poems. He wrote none of the posts below filed under "Passages." Click the link at the end of each post to see it in the context of the author's original post.

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