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Only after a writer lets literature shape her can she perhaps shape literature.

Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

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Write as if you were dying. At the same time, assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case. What would you begin writing if you knew you would die soon? What could you say to a dying person that would not enrage by its triviality?

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard — What would you write?