Pearl: On What Makes a Good Writer

Girl Writing

“I am afraid I shall never get education enough to make a good writer.”

“You could worry about plenty of other things to better advantage,” said Miss Maxwell a little scornfully. “Be afraid, for instance, that you won’t understand human nature; that you won’t realise the beauty of the outer world; that you may lack sympathy, and thus never be able to read a heart; that your faculty of expression may not keep pace with your ideas – a thousand things, every one of them more important to the writer than the knowledge that is found in books.”
– Kate Douglas Wiggin, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

(Painting: “A Girl Writing” by Henriette Brown)


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