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I don’t feel compelled to have a word count at the end of the day, but rather to prepare myself as a ready receptacle for whatever might happen” — Richard Powers in interview with Kevin Berger

Writing can be about productivity, or it can be about creativity. Not that the two are mutually exclusive, but one can tend at times toward the productivity of word counts, or toward the creativity of “whatever might happen.”

The serious writer must always keep both in mind, but I’m with Richard Powers in his more mature perspective: I find more fulfillment in preparing myself as a receptacle for the creative experience than in producing a daily word count. ♨

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