I kept reading the name Shirley Jackson and decided to check out what all the fuss was about. It has been a joy to follow the path of fantasy, mystery and horror that is her work.
Her fiction was so inspiring that I downloaded a couple of her collected articles, essays and lectures. These were so great I bought a couple of biographies. Each path I followed lead to a treasure. Her articles spoke about her struggle to balance life and writing. Her biographies outlined her drive and determination to be published and the obstacles she overcame to reach that goal.
The best advice (amid lots of great advice) for me personally came from the book “Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays and Other Writings” compiled by her children. In it, she states:
“I cannot find any patience for those people who believe that you start writing when you sit down at your own desk and pick up your pen and finish writing when you put down your pen again; a writer is always writing, seeing everything through a thin mist of words…” page 377, Memory and Delusion (Kindle Edition, copyright Random House 2015).