Writerhead Wednesday: Salinger on Writerhead

Welcome to Writerhead Wednesday, a weekly feature in which a brilliant, charming, remarkable author talks about her/his writerhead…a precious opportunity for looky-loos around the world to sneak into the creative noggins of talented writers and (ever so gently) muck about.


From an article at Salon.com: “For a time, Salinger seriously considered abandoning writing altogether and devoting his life to Eastern religion, a choice that would likely have involved joining a monastic order. Salinger reconsidered. He found ‘the chase’ of pinning down a good story more enticing than a lifetime of meditation.”

Haven’t most of us writers been there? Seriously considering abandoning writing altogether and devoting our lives to…to…something…anything…anything other than writing?

Dentistry?

Parenthood?

Gardening?

A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G that doesn’t involve a blank page?

But like Mr. Salinger, we persevere. We, too, love the chase of pinning down a good story.

Nothing like it.

Now stop hemming and hawing around here and get thee to writerhead!