words of wisdom

From CNN’s interview with Amor Towles, author of The Rules of Civility:

I’ve been writing fiction since I was a kid. From the age of 15 to 25, I probably wrote more than 50 short stories, one of which was published in “the Paris Review” in 1989.

Then in my late 30s and early 40s, I wrote a novel set in the farmlands of Stalinist Russia, which I stuck in a drawer. So when I finished the manuscript for “Rules of Civility,” it was the first thing I had submitted for publication in almost 20 years.

One reason for the long hiatus is that I have been an investment professional since my mid-20s. My personal challenge as an artist has been having a day job which is intellectually satisfying and fun — and thus can easily supplant the desire to make art.

But the benefit of having that career has been that I could write without an overwhelming sense of urgency to be published. I could just keep refining my craft until I was convinced I had something worth sharing.

This quote really makes me feel good about my life choices, not gonna lie. Also I want to read his book now.

Also Amor Towles may possibly be the best name ever.


2 thoughts on “words of wisdom

  1. As for writing names… I’ve been thinking of Foxy Malone. *lol* I have no idea why. It just popped into my head (Foxy is one of my nicknames, ever since I married a man with the last name of Fox- Malone… no idea).

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