Go Stare Out of a Window
“A writer is working when he’s staring out of the window.”
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.