Wednesday, November 22, 2006


This quote was sent in from my writer-friend June Varnum:

“Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now.”

Annie Dillard, The Writing Life, pg 78

Tricia’s Thoughts:
At a writer’s conference a few years ago, I heard this quote by Annie Dillard and it’s often on the forefront of my mind as I write. Hoarding great pieces of research or snippets of detailed description is tempting, but Dillard is right—give your best at the place where you’re at. I can also add a personal note to the end of that—give your best now, trusting that God has something perfect for a later place in the book!


Blogger Jim Thompson said...

When I saw this post's title I thought of sitting on my gifts, either because I'm insecure about them, or because I enjoy using them the way I want. Both kinds of hoarding are abuses of God's generosity.

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