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The Smell of the Paint

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There are many lists this time of year: favorite book lists, reading lists for the new year, and goals to name a few. I’ll be working on my Poetry Action Plan for 2014 over the next couple of weeks. I hope you’re working on yours, too. Add this question to your plan: why do you want to write? Pint it up on your wall or bulletin board or mirror where you can read it every day.

A story from Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life:

A well-known writer got collared by a university student who asked, “Do you think I could be a writer?”

“Well,” the writer said, “I don’t know…Do you like sentences?”

The writer could see the student’s amazement. Sentences? Do I like sentences? I am twenty years old and do I like sentences? If he had liked sentences, of course, he could begin, like a joyful painter I knew. I asked him how he came to be a painter. He said, “I liked the smell of the paint.”

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