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Go Stare Out of a Window


“A writer is working when he’s staring out of the window.”

—Burton Rascoe

An unfortunate interpretation of work, especially in this day and age, is that it must be physical—that it must be seen with the eye and must generate a tangible product. For writers, this interpretation means you must sit at a desk, type and turn out readable material.

Yet Burton Rascoe disagreed. A journalist, editor and literary critic, the height of Rascoe’s career was as literary editor for the New York Herald Tribune during the ‘20s and ‘30s. Nine decades later and I concur with Rascoe. A writer is working when daydreaming. A writer is working when observing. A writer is working when absorbing the life around her. It is in these seemingly lackadaisical acts that a writer is finding creativity, learning to be descriptive, developing a story.

Want to be a writer? Go stare out of a window.

About the Author

Jessica LaGrossaI am a writer, editor and social media expert with 13 years combined experience in the journalism and publishing fields, both online and in print. Originally a small town gal from Tennessee, I grew up in the Atlanta area. After marrying my college sweetheart I relocated to Pennsylvania where my husband and I are now raising our son and daughter in the suburbs of Philly.View all posts by Jessica LaGrossa

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