In the writing …



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)


  1. 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.
  2. She won the Nobel Prize at a very late stage in her life.
  3. (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.
  4. 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.



8 thoughts

  1. This is a wonderful post bringing us closer to knowing Doris Lessing and how writing is not really something to be learned in school but rather through practice. Thank you for the video. I will surely come back to your post to listen to it. I love the photo…oh so much. Is it one of yours?

  2. She sounds very interesting. Great quotes. I didn’t have time to watch the video. 😦 Will try to later on this week.

    • It really is very good. I know time is so limited, but when you have a free hour, it is well worth the listen. At least, it was for me. Thanks again for stopping by. It is so nice to see that some think your posting is worth reading. Hugs

  3. Barbara Kingsolver mentions Lessing in athis awesome graduation speech she gave a while back. I’ve read very little from either author, but I read this speech, and it is awesome. She’s a little concerned about climate change, in case you can’ttell, but this was peak-global warming scare America. She makes some good points in general about how to live hopefully in a crazy world. Check it:

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