A Way of Writing by William Stafford came recommended in the previous recording. It closes with the following:
"This process-rather-than-substance view of writing invites a final, dual reflection:
- Writers may not be special or talented in any usual sense.
They are simply engaged in sustained use of a language skill we all
have. Their "creations" come about through confident reliance on
stray impulses that will, with trust, find occasional patterns that are
- But writing itself is one of the great, free human activities. There is scope for individuality, and elation, and discovery, in writing. For the person who follows with trust and forgiveness what occurs to him, the world remains always ready and deep, an inexhaustible environment, with the combined vividness of an actuality and flexibility of a dream. Working back and forth between experience and thought, writers have more than space and time can offer. They have the whole unexplored realm of human vision."