“Just keep the bear”

“You are working on a first draft and small wonder you’re unhappy. If you lack confidence in setting one word after another and sense that you are stuck in a place from which you will never be set free, if you feel sure that you will never make it and were not cut out to do this, if your prose seems stillborn and you completely lack confidence, you must be a writer.”

Absolutely terrific piece, “Draft No. 4,” by John McPhee in the current New Yorker. 

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