Why write?- My Father’s Suitcase

In my Spanish Literature class, my professor gave  us this piece to read as an introduction. As an aspiring writer, I really enjoyed it. Here is the link and my fave parts.

My Father’s Suitcase by Orhan Pamuk

“The writer’s secret is not inspiration—for it is never clear where that comes from—but stubbornness, endurance.”

“The angel of inspiration (who pays regular visits to some and rarely calls on others) favors the hopeful and the confident, and it is when a writer feels most lonely, when he feels most doubtful about his efforts, his dreams, and the value of his writing, when he thinks that his story is only his story—it is at such moments that the angel chooses to reveal to him the images and dreams that will draw out the world he wishes to build.”

“Now, many years later, I understand that this discontent is the basic trait that turns a person into a writer.”

“What is happiness? Is happiness believing that you live a deep life in your lonely room? Or is happiness leading a comfortable life in society, believing in the same things as everyone else, or, at least, acting as if you did?”

“For me, to be a writer is to acknowledge the secret wounds that we carry inside us, wounds so secret that we ourselves are barely aware of them, and to patiently explore them, know them, illuminate them, own them, and make them a conscious part of our spirit and our writing.”

“A writer talks of things that we all know but do not know that we know.”

“My confidence comes from the belief that all human beings resemble one another, that others carry wounds like mine—and that they will therefore understand.”

He has a long paragraph with sentences that all start with I write because… These ones I like

“I write because I can’t do normal work as other people do.”

“I write because I am angry at everyone.”

“I write because I can partake of real life only by changing it.”

“I write to be alone.”

“I write because I have never managed to be happy. I write to be happy.”


September 3, 2009. Tags: , , . Uncategorized.

One Comment

  1. xxhawkeyexx replied:

    I agree with most of the things you pointed out there.
    Nice post,

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