A Writer’s Necessity for Solitude

To do any sort of creative work, a writer must embrace solitude. As a writer, you must spend hours alone, hours in your own head, hours reflecting on your thoughts and words.

This is what Rilke emphasizes in letter six:

“The necessary thing is after all but this: solitude, great inner solitude. Going-into-oneself and for hours meeting no one–this [you] must be able to attain.”

Of course family and friends are importantand there’s no need to be an extreme hermit. In fact, much of a public writer’s life involves interacting with readers, editors, agents, publishers, graphic designers, etc. However, writers must be comfortable with, perhaps even enjoy, the many hours alone in silence with their thoughts. Maybe an occasional visit from a muse won’t hurt though.

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