Advice for Writers: Spend It All Now


Annie Dillard quoteOne of my favorite books is Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. She writes with an astonishing extravagance and grace. If you haven’t read it, you should. If you have, you should read it again.

I like her advice here. It’s clear she follows it herself. Read Pilgrim and you’ll know what I mean.

I tend to believe that I have been given a finite number of words and a limited and rapidly depleting supply of ideas. I fear sometimes that if I use all the good ones now, I’ll have nothing left in the future. But I’ve found over the years that Annie is right. We don’t know the depths of our well of words and ideas. It is far deeper than we imagine — maybe even infinitely deep.

If you have a great idea, use it immediately. Write it. Do it. More will come. You may even find that that idea releases a flood of new, better ideas. Writers should be prodigal.


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Brian WaskoBrian is the founder and president of One of his passions is to teach young people how to write better.View all posts by Brian Wasko

  1. Brian Wasko
    Brian Wasko05-09-2013

    We’d be friends. 🙂

  2. Rhonda Barfield
    Rhonda Barfield05-08-2013

    Annie Dillard ranks as one of my husband’s top five authors. 🙂

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