Remember, too, what you don’t put down can be as important as what you do. Lao-Tse in his Tao Te Ching wrote that in a vessel of clay, it is the emptiness inside that makes it useful.

And Wang Wei, a great Chinese poet-painter, said: “The ultimate concern of the artist is not to paint mountains and clouds and trees but the air between them.

So it is, also, with writing.

Jane Yolen,
in Writing Books for Children (1983)

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