Here are a few quotes from Doris Lessing, someone who learns and struggles through life but in the end, wins the Nobel Prize. Photo:wikiquote Brocken-tanzawa
In the writing process, the more the story cooks, the better. The brain works for you even when you are at rest. I find dreams particularly useful. I think a great deal before I go to sleep and the details sometimes unfold in the dream.
Interview with Herbert Mitgang, “Mrs. Lessing Addresses Some of Life’s Puzzles,” The New York Times, (22 April 1984)
You can only learn to be a better writer by actually writing. I don’t know much about creative writing programs. But they’re not telling the truth if they don’t teach, one, that writing is hard work and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.
Interview with Herbert Mitgang, “Mrs. Lessing Addresses Some of Life’s Puzzles,” The New York Times (22 April 1984)
- She experienced much in her childhood. Living in Africa and watching the pain between the whites and the blacks caused her to become angry. Nothing came easy for her. Poverty and a sad relationship with her mother drove her to writing and once she began she never set the quill aside.
- She won the Nobel Prize at a very late stage in her life.
- (This part is extremely important for someone like me.) Doris Lessing didn’t go to University. She didn’t have an MFA. She was self-taught.
- When she began writing, she hadn’t any idea how to begin. Her first two novels, she pitched in the fire. Her first published book, much of it she discards, before sending it to a publisher.
There is so very much I would like to share about Doris Lessing. I have come across a BBC Video that sums up her life and I would like to share it with you. It begins with her childhood and how the haunting of her experiences structure her into a woman of passion. I hope you take time to watch it. It will be well worth your time. For some reason, I became so absorbed in reading about her life, I had to keep digging.