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James Salter on Writing and the Open Road


Re-blogging some wisdom, for all writers…

Quote from the article:
“In a certain sense, a writer is an exile, an outsider, always reporting on things, and it is part of his life to keep on the move. Travel is natural.”

And, let me add, “travel” can sometimes be as simple as walking around your neighborhood :-)

Longreads

INTERVIEWER

Does the travel help your writing?

SALTER

It’s essential for me. There is no situation like the open road, and seeing things completely afresh. I’m used to traveling. It’s not a question of meeting or seeing new faces particularly, or hearing new stories, but of looking at life in a different way. It’s the curtain coming up on another act.

I’m not the first person who feels that it’s the writer’s true occupation to travel. In a certain sense, a writer is an exile, an outsider, always reporting on things, and it is part of his life to keep on the move. Travel is natural. Furthermore, many men of ancient times died on the road, and the image is a strong one. Kings of Arabia, when they are buried, are not given great tombs. They are buried on the side of the road beneath ordinary stones. One thing I…

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2 responses to “James Salter on Writing and the Open Road

  1. D.G.Kaye July 19, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    I love to travel. I love to write. One feeds the other. :)

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    • Alexander M Zoltai July 19, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      Totally with you in that sentiment :-)

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