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Reflections of a working writer and reader




I like the idea that boxers get told to imagine punching a spot behind their opponent’s head, to reach in so far that they can extend the destruction to the back of your mind. It’s the same thing with writers. We want to disturb your imaginative ecstasy with the deepest punch, though the truth is we generally hit air.
Colum McCann

Extracted from Brick, Issue 87, Summer 2011

4 Responses to “Boxing”

  1. Carla says:

    Hmmm. This is very inspiring not only for writers but also for boxing fans.

  2. Aaron says:

    Very good analogy. Boxing and writing are indeed similar in that sense. Boxing represents the literal aspect of that concept while writing represents the figurative aspect.

  3. Shawna says:

    “disturb your imaginative ecstasy with the deepest punch” … I love this.

  4. Dom says:

    Never thought of it that way before, but the visualization could help focus my writing.