Writing is like driving at night in the fog…

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

― E.L. Doctorow, Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews


  1. I’ve heard this analogy before, and I’m not that comfortable with it, at least for myself as a writer. I’m the one who ends up hitting the cow standing in the middle of the road, or driving off a cliff, (both in reference to my narratives, thankfully) because I can’t see too far ahead.

    • Matt says:

      The good thing about writing is that if you DO hit the cow, and maybe it blows up, and maybe it’s kinda messy, it’s pretty easy to back up and try to take that curve better—before any readers ever see it!

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