TITLE: Get Busy; Time is Short AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: May 11, 2012 2:31 PM DESC: ----- BODY: After an award-winning author had criticized popular literature, Stephen King responded with advice that is a useful reminder to us all:
Get busy. You have a short life span. You need to stop this crap about sitting there and talking about what we do, and actually do it. Because God gave you some talent, but he also gave you a certain number of years.
You don't have to be an award-winning author to waste precious time commenting on other people's work. Anyone with a web browser can fill his or her day talking about stuff, and not actually making stuff. For academics, it is a professional hazard. We need to balance the analytic and the creative. We learn by studying others' work and writing about it, but we also need to make time to make. (The passage above comes from Stephen King, The Art of Fiction No. 189, in the wonderful on-line archive of interviews from the Paris Review.) -----