For my writer friends

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It’s one thing waiting for the Muse, but if you’re at your desk the Muse knows where to find you.

This is why I don’t do inspiration or creative blogs. I just do the work, and hope for the best.

Because the difficult thing is to keep yourself open to the moment.

The trick is to keep yourself vulnerable and true, and this can be really tiring after a while. It can hurt, quite literally.

But if you do it properly — and it’s hard to do it properly — then the book will find its mark.

If it’s a real book, written for the right reasons, and with enough skill, then it will find its time and its readers.

It’ll be its own kind of success.

Anne Enright, Irish author, speaking on BBC4 Radio’s The Value of Failure.

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