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When you write, you lay out a line of words. The line of words is a miner's pick, a wood-carver's gouge, a surgeon's probe. You wield it, and it digs a path you follow. Soon you find yourself deep in new territory. Is it a dead end, or have you located the real subject? You will know tomorrow, or this time next year.
—Anne Dillard on the art of writing (1989, p. 3)
The writer's art and craft, as renowned author Anne Dillard describes it, is an adventure that we begin without knowing if we will strike gold or go bust. Writing is an expedition into the unknown that we embark on to develop our thoughts and feelings. We undertake such explorations in the hope of discovering new territories, new dimensions of ourselves and our worlds.