So I’m dating myself: is there anyone else out there who watched Hogan’s Heroes and remembers that line by the German sergeant, “I hear nothing, I know nothing”?
Well, that’s how I feel. The other night at the fabulously organized Inside Story, someone came up to me and asked if I was still teaching. If so, he wanted to sign up for my class.
I said I wasn’t teaching, and then added, “The thing is, I don’t know anything anymore.” I’m sure he thought I was being coy/modest but the sad fact is that I was speaking the truth. The more I walk this writing tightrope, the more I realize how thin the wire we tread.
I can feel things — like that there should be one more beat in this paragraph, or one less statement of emotion in that paragraph — but I sure as heck don’t KNOW any darned thing.
I so admire writers who are confident of what they know.
I’m just not one of them.