“The goal is to be both disciplined and loose, so that the writing does not turn into a task or a chore. To leave myself behind, along with the mechanics, and disappear into the lives of my characters.”
– Pete Hamill, American journalist, novelist, and more (b. 1935), discussing his writing process in The Writer, Dec 2011
As we think of our goals for our writing in the coming year, I give you this quote — which perfectly encapsulates both the struggle in writing and the resolution. May your days at the desk be “both disciplined and loose,” your words true and fulfilling for both your readers and you. All the best in the New Year — thank you for sharing this past year with me.
And if you have a favorite quote about beginnings or goals, please share it in the comments.