Useful Overconfidence

April 3, 2009

in Learning,Poetry,Volition

From a Paris Review interview with Kay Ryan:

INTERVIEWER
Did you always believe in your work, even at an early stage?

RYAN
Especially at an early stage. I just didn’t know how badly I was doing. That was a blessing. I don’t know how I would have survived if I hadn’t thought that everybody was stupid not to think that it was as good as I thought it was. Still I had to defend it, because there is nothing legitimate about being a beginning writer. I had to treat it with respect and learn my craft.

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