Wise guidance for writers. I like the way George Eliot calls herself to order and her self-reminder to focus, focus, focus resonates.

A perennial weakness is being yanked in two directions – the desire to concentrate light on a particular web on the one hand, and on the other, the dispersion-magnet pulling towards the splendidly described ‘tempting range of relevancies’ that is the rest of the universe.

Everything is connected, but you still need to draw a line somewhere.

‘… all the light I can command must be concentrated on this particular web, and not dispersed over that tempting range of relevancies called the universe.’


Source: George Eliot, Middlemarch (London: Oxford University Press, 1973), p. 148

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