Writerly Ambition

“The good stuff always wants to be better, and its writers are always reaching way above their heads, to create something even they weren’t sure was possible at the outset, something that hasn’t yet existed in the world. Formula work only seeks to fulfill the formula. Mediocre work seeks only adequacy. Commercial work seeks cash first. Art–real art–seeks the unknown.”

“The good stuff always wants to be better, and its writers are always reaching way above their heads, to create something even they weren’t sure was possible at the outset, something that hasn’t yet existed in the world. Formula work only seeks to fulfill the formula. Mediocre work seeks only adequacy. Commercial work seeks cash first. Art–real art–seeks the unknown.”  Emphasis my own

A quote from Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Truth by Bill Roorbach

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