About Writing, Part 6

“To write with taste, in the highest sense, is to write … so that no one commits suicide, no one despairs; to write …  so that people understand, sympathize, see the universality of pain, and feel strengthened, if not directly encouraged to live on.

If there is good to be said, the writer should say it. If there is bad to be said, he should say it in a way that reflects the truth that, though we see the evil, we choose to continue among the living.

The true artist … gets his sense of worth and honor from his conviction that art is powerful.”

— John Gardner

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