There Are Two Kinds of Writers in This World

“I will send you a note later about the specific difference between those writers who possess the natural confidence that is their birthright, and those fewer writers who are driven by the unnatural courage that comes from no alternative.  It is something like this––some walk on a tightrope, and some continue on the tightrope, and some continue on the tightrope, or continue to walk, even after they find out it is not there.”

~Note from Maeve Brennan to William Maxwell, 1965

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