Craft talk, #2, Literary curiosity and creativity.

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“I’ve never had a very lively literary curiosity, and it has sometimes seemed to me that I am not really a literary fellow at all. Except that I write for a living.” ~ E. B. White, from the Paris Review interview.

I literally laughed out loud when I read this quote. Myself, I’m not an English major. I’ve earned an MFA in creative writing, which to me is a different ballgame. I’m more of a storyteller, more interested in exploring my own capacity to create something unique out of my life experience. I have a deep respect for people who can rattle off classics they’ve read, and give a general outline and some articulate criticism. I’m not one of them, even though I’ve read a fair share of classics. I trust that they are tilled into my subconscious, though, and that reading a lot is key. I’m sure E. B. White read a lot, too, him being involved in the beginnings of New Yorker magazine. But he also just plain wrote a lot, about what he was interested in.

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