Even Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro has a new novel out, The Buried Giant. It took him ten years to write it.

In this interview with the Telegraph, he talks about writing, and his early years. And I love that he says that he has two novels in a drawer that represented his early attempts at writing.

The first one is awful – really, really dull. I would not in a million years think this person had a future as a writer. Then there’s a second one, and that one is written more carefully, which makes it more embarrassing.”

Even a modern master had to start somewhere.

Merwin / Berryman

For those days, most days, when your confidence wanes, there is this:

From Berryman, by W. S. Merwin

I had hardly begun to read
I asked how can you ever be sure
that what you write is really
any good at all and he said you can’t

you can’t you can never be sure
you die without knowing
whether anything you wrote was any good
if you have to be sure don’t write

So forget about validation. Do it because you do it. The work is its own reward.