Thoughts on George Saunders’ Quote

George Saunders is a fiction author that I really dig because of his unique way of conveying stories. He originally got a geophysical engineering degree, which he talked about:

“Any claim I might make to originality in my fiction is really just the result of this odd background: basically, just me working inefficiently, with flawed tools, in a mode I don’t have sufficient background to really understand. Like if you put a welder to designing dresses.”

I think this speaks to the fact that we should not worry whether or not we have enough expertise in given subject. If you’re a bull rider who loves to paint, then paint. If your a student like me who wants to write poems or stories or take photographs, then write and shoot. Sometimes it is through an untrained eye that we best see the world.

George Saunders did not fret that he did not know enough; neither should we.

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