|Dancer, by Dan Pellig, 2003|
(I had the privilege of watching Margot Fonteyn dance, and she demonstrated perfectly the contagious delight in her own excellence.)
So what does this have to do with writing? Some of us write as if nobody is watching, and others as if everybody is watching. For me, I need to do both. My own writing works best when it has both intensely private moments and extravagantly inclusive moments. I need to engage both the child who want everyone in the world to feel how marvelous this thing she's doing is, and the child?adult? who shuts out that world so she can listen only, only to the tiny voice inside.
*(I have not been able to track down the author; answers on snopes.com range from Mark Twain to Susan Clark to William Purkey, so I offer my apologies and applause to whoever did write it.)