Louis Menand nails this--especially right at the end. Where does that "voice" come from, and whose is it? Thanks for this.
I love Menand's humor and insight into the writing process in this letter! Thank you for sharing.
This encouraged me immensely. I tend to believe there is something gravely wrong with me for staring at the same paragraph I am seeking to add to for about two hours and just not formulating the next sentence in the manner I wish. Some days I'm clacking along on the keyboard. This insight gives me confidence and strength believing I am not the only one it doesn't necessarily come easy for. Thank you, Professor Menand. I like the statement boldly expressed that an author is not necessarily what they write.