More on writing

My friend Emma turned from the TC Boyle interview to another 3AM interview, with Alain de Botton, a writer she likes. She sends this excerpt:

I have lots of fears as a writer — that what I write isn’t good enough. A huge fear, because mostly, what I write and think about first time is rather poor, and has to be improved upon. I’m not sure if any writer is ever satisfied first time around, but I’m certainly not. So this demands nerves of steel; one has to think: ‘it’s terrible now, but hopefully one day it can be good.’ Writing demands faith.

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