As I struggle to finish the first draft of my manuscript, I find this strangely inspiring and comforting:
It’s the first page of Vladimir Nabokov’s first draft of Invitation to a Beheading, or, in its Russian incarnation (pictured here), Приглашение на Казнь. As I look at it, I’m reminded of Mark Twain’s words, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.” It’s easy to forget that hardly ever do we get to the lightning without a struggle.
And now, onwards with the writing.
A thank you to sure-eyed reader JSM for tracking down and providing the accurate version of the Mark Twain quote.