I'm a scientist, I don't claim to be a writer. Yet this passage from The World According to Garp has always struck me as incredibly true.

"Unlike Alice, Garp was a real writer - not because he wrote more beautifully than she wrote but because he knew what every artist should know: as Garp put it. 'You only grow by coming to the end of something and by beginning something else'. Even if these so-called endings and beginnings are illusions. Garp did not write faster than anyone else, or more; he simply always worked with the idea of completion in mind."

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